The aortic sonogram test will take approximately one hour.
A technician will place placing a transducer on your abdomen with a small amount of ultrasound gel. The transducer sends sound waves through your abdomen to the aorta and back. Then with the aid of computers software and a monitor we are able to image the aorta and display it on a monitor in front of you.
In conjunction with this imaging we will assess the blood flow with both pulsed Doppler and color flow Doppler, which measure the speed and direction of the blood flow. By assigning color to the direction of blood flow—called color flow mapping—large areas of blood flow may be studied, which allows abnormal blood flow characteristics to be interpreted by the cardiologist.
After you leave the laboratory the technologist will document measurements from the images. A Baylor Scott & White Legacy Heart Center physician will review the images and measurements. If you have had a previous study the results will be compared.