Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)
An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a dilation of the main blood vessel in the abdomen due to a weakening of the vessel wall. This condition is seen in men and women, but the risk increases with age and certain risk factors such as smoking, high blood pressure, family history.
AAA is most common in men aged 65 or over, and as such this group is automatically invited to attend a screening test as part of a NHS Abdominal Aortic Screening Programme
The IVS diagnostic team has been responsible for training all AAA screening technicians delivering the Greater Manchester AAA screening programme and continues to provide on-going expert advice for Quality Assurance. We have also helped to deliver training for the Lancashire and North East England AAA screening services.
Every year there are over 6,000 deaths in England and Wales from ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm.
AAAs can be detected using duplex ultrasound by viewing the aorta and measuring the distance between the walls of the vessel to determine whether it is within a normal range of sizes. The scan is painless and can often be performed in less than 15 minutes.
GP’s frequently feel an abdominal pulse which they think may be an aortic aneurysm (AAA). A simple investigation by duplex imaging at less than half the cost of an out- patient consultation would be valuable for patients with no other indication for a vascular opinion.
IVS has invested in high quality portable ultrasound scanners for AAA screening. We can offer an on-demand service as part of a carotid or DVT service or in a local hospital covered by IVS.
✓ Can save 17% to 34% of the cost of setting up and running a vascular laboratory
✓ Reduces capital expenditure
✓ Lowers staff and administration costs
✓ 95% of inpatients investigated the same day
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