The echocolor Doppler examination of the abdominal aorta must inform on its profile, its wall and on the possible presence of atherosclerotic pathologies.
The ultrasound investigation is the best way to diagnose an abdominal aortic aneurysm with an accuracy of almost 100%: sonographically the most common appearance of an abdominal aorta aneurysm is a dilated vessel with associated atherosclerotic changes.
The ultrasound evaluation of the axial aneurysm diameters and the exact relationship of the aneurysm with the origin of the renal arteries and the bifurcation are required. Dilatation or stenosis of the common iliac arteries should also be documented.
The ultrasound evaluation of the iliac arteries provides the description of the artery wall and requires the documentation of possible associated pathologies.
In this lesson the sonographic characteristics of the atherosclerotic diseases (thrombosis, aneurysms and dissections) of the abdominal aorta and of the iliac arteries are presented.
Franco Accorsi, MD
Member of the Order of Physician of Bologna n° 6728
I am a specialist in Medical Angiology and I am based in Bologna, Italy. Until 2008 (voluntary resignation) I worked at Maggiore Hospital in Bologna as "Dirigente Medico" in the Department of Internal Medicine and as Angiologist in the Angiology Unit with a position of "Alta Professionalità" in "Vascular Ecography and Angiology".
I am currently working in Bologna as an independent professional in the areas of angiology and vascular diagnostics.
I have been a speaker at national and international courses/congress and I have taught duplex ultrasound method in GIUV and SIUMB courses at the Maggiore Hospital, Bologna and courses of echocolor Doppler of extracranial and intracranial arteries at the Stroke Unit of S. Maria Nuova Hospital, Reggio Emilia.