An aneurysm is a weak spot in a blood vessel. The weakened area bulges and becomes filled with blood, and is vulnerable to bursting, causing internal bleeding and disrupted blood flow to vital internal organs and limbs. Aneurysms are most common in people age 65 and over. They occur more frequently in men and smokers.
Diagnosis / Screening: Ultrasound Angiography
Occasionally, an aneurysm may be discovered inadvertently during abdominal palpation in a routine physical exam, or as a secondary finding on an imaging test ordered for another purpose. Routine screenings by ultrasound angiography are recommended for men ages 65–75 who have ever smoked (lifetime smoking history of 100 or more cigarettes).
In this minimally invasive, image-guided procedure, a stent graft (or tube) is placed in the aorta using a catheter inserted through a very small incision in the groin. This strengthens the artery and reduces the potential for rupturing.
Join Our Team
If you are looking to begin or continue your career in Diagnostic Radiology, Interventional Radiology or Vascular Surgery with a supportive, forward-thinking group in a beautiful area of Pennsylvania, Progressive Physician Associates may be the optimal solution for you!