WHAT IS AN AORTIC DUPLEX?

 

An Abdominal Aortic-Iliac Duplex is an ultrasound test that uses high frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to evaluate the aorta, the main artery in the abdomen, and the arterial branches that deliver blood flow to the major organs in the body. This exam also evaluates the iliac arteries in the lower abdomen.

 

An Abdominal Aortic-Iliac Duplex ultrasound gives doctors information

about the arteries in the abdomen, such as:

 

the blood flow through the artery towards the legs. Blockages in the aorta and iliac arteries may leave a patient with pain in the hip, buttocks, or thigh muscles during exercise.

 

the presence of plaque, a sticky substance that clings to the arterial wall that can cause narrowing within the artery.

 

the presence of an aneurysm, a bulging artery.

 

evaluation of previous surgeries including stents and bypass grafts.

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