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Diagnosing Aortic Aneurysms

Abdominal aortic aneurysm may be diagnosed with the following exams:

  • Abdominal ultrasound  
  • CT scan of abdomen 
  • Angiography of aorta

X-Ray and CT Scans

Most non-leaking thoracic aortic aneurysms are detected by tests - usually a chest x-ray or a chest CT scan -- run for other reasons. A chest x-ray and chest CT scan show if the aorta is enlarged. A chest CT scan shows the size of the aorta and the exact location of the aneurysm.