AAA screening - What happens at the screening?

Screening is carried out at your local clinic by a qualified health professional. It is a simple ultrasound scan. It is very quick, and usually takes less than 10 minutes. The scan is done by a screening technician.

At the clinic, the technician will check your personal details, and explain the scan. You’ll be able to ask any questions you have.

The technician will ask you to lie down, and lift up or unbutton your shirt. You will not need to undress. The technician will put a cool gel on your tummy.

The technician will then slide the scanning sensor over your skin. The scan will show a picture of your aorta on a screen, and they will measure it.

The technician will tell you your result straight away. They will also send a copy to your own doctor (GP).

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