The Visualization of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms with the Aid of Computed Tomography
Graham J. Dileo
Dr. Gina Capitano Ed.D., R.T. (R)
Geisinger Community Medical Center, Scranton, PA
This research discusses Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms (AAA) and the role of Computed Tomography (CT) in diagnosing and establishing a treatment plan. An AAA is a bulge or swelling in the descending aorta, the primary blood vessel in the human body, that can be life-threatening. This type of aortic aneurysm is one of the most common causes of death for patients with a history of high blood pressure or heavy smoking. AAAs typically occur in white men, ages 65 to 75. However, are not limited to this population as the research represents a case study of a 74-year-old female diagnosed with an AAA. Since AAAs can be deadly due to possible rupture, obtaining quick yet qualitative diagnostic imaging is possible with CT. This type of imaging provides cross-sectional imaging of the human body, which can be vital in assessing the size and shape of an AAA. Early detection of an AAA will determine the proper route of treatment. Smaller-sized AAAs of 1-5 cm typically require medication and close monitoring, while larger-sized AAAs greater than 6 cm require emergency surgery. These surgeries are typically endovascular. Although the mortality rate is high, CT can help determine the correct actions needed to prevent possible rupture and increase chances of survival.
Keywords: rupture, computed tomography, abdominal aortic aneurysm, risks, surgery
rupture, computed tomography, abdominal aortic aneurysm, risks, surgery
Medicine and Health Sciences
Dileo, Graham, "The Visualization of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms with the Aid of Computed Tomography" (2022). Medical Imaging Senior Posters. 24.