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Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Screening 

An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is caused when the lining in the wall of the aorta becomes weak, resulting in an abnormal ballooning or enlargement. An AAA occurs in the abdominal portion of the aorta and is the most fatal form of vascular disease.

Screening for AAA is performed using ultrasound imaging technology to view the abdominal aorta and measure its size. During the ultrasound, a small, painless sensor is placed on the abdomen. Sound waves produce an image of the aorta, which allows for detection of any ballooning or enlargement.

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