SCREENING PROGRAMMES
ABDOMINAL AORTIC ANEURYSM

When you are given
a AAA screening appointment,

you will usually be invited
to attend a screening clinic,

often at your own GP surgery,
and given an appointment time.

After arriving
and booking in at reception,

the screener
will introduce themselves to you

and perhaps ask you to take
your coat off and have a seat.

They will then run through
exactly what the scan will involve

and, most importantly,
confirm your identity.

Before carrying out the scan itself,
the screener will also make sure

that you have given your permission
to be screened.

This includes giving permission
for us to keep information about you,

such as your name, date of birth
and screening result.

We have strict rules to ensure
this information can only be seen

by health professionals
who are involved directly in your care.

We need to make you aware that it is
part of a national screening programme

and therefore the data goes onto
a national database.

Once the screener
has confirmed your identity

and obtained your consent to be scanned,

they will ask you to lie flat on the
couch with your head on the pillow

with your legs uncrossed
and your hands by your side

because lying in this position helps
to relax your abdominal muscles.

The screener will then put a small
amount of ultrasound gel on your abdomen

and begin scanning.

Once they have finished scanning,

the screener will help you
to clear any gel from your abdomen,

sit you up
and give you the results of the scan.

They will then spend a few minutes
talking through what the results are

and what the implications
of those results might be.

There is no aneurysm
on that section of your aorta.

Because the result is normal today, it
means that this is just a one-off scan.

Sometimes the screener will not be able
to see your aorta clearly

due to trapped wind in your abdomen,
for example.

If this happens,
you will be offered another scan,

usually on a different day.

SCREENING PROGRAMMES
ABDOMINAL AORTIC ANEURYSM