Ultrasound: Skills of carrying out Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Assessment (AAA)

Author: Paul Atkinson / Editor: John P Sloan / Reviewer: James Waiting, Joe Schrieber, Nishant Cherian / Codes: R1, R2 / Published: 01/06/2023

This session describes focused ultrasound for suspected abdominal aortic aneurysm.


  • Ultrasound: Indications
  • Ultrasound: Physics
  • Ultrasound: Image acquisition

After completing this session you will be able to:

  • Explain the indications for an AAA scan
  • Identify which probe to use and how to adjust the machine
  • Describe how to position the patient
  • Demonstrate the IVC and aorta in longitudinal section
  • Recognize the SMA, coeliac axis and aortic bifurcation
  • Illustrate how to measure the aortic diameter


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