Aortic Aneurysm Monitoring

If you have been recently diagnosed with a thoracic aortic aneurysm (TAA) or an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), you may have been recommended to get a magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) scan to monitor it. We offer an expert-led MRA service designed for specialist management of aortic aneurysm.

What is an aortic aneurysm?

An aneurysm is a deteriorated area in the aorta, which is a major blood vessel that feeds blood to the body. When the aorta is weak, blood pushing against the vessel wall can cause it to swell like a balloon. A thoracic aortic aneurysm (TAA) occurs in the wall of the aorta above the heart, in the chest, while an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) occurs much lower down in the abdominal aorta.

Large, fast-growing aneurysms may rupture, but small and slow-growing aneurysms may never rupture. Aneurysms tend to be asymptomatic and if they rupture, can be fatal. It is therefore important to identify and monitor them to ensure the correct course of treatment for you. One way of doing this is to get an MRA scan.


How is an aortic aneurysm diagnosed?

An aortic aneurysm can be diagnosed with an echocardiogram, CT scan or MRI scan carried out because of your symptoms.

However, aneurysms are often diagnosed whilst carrying out a scan for something else such as a calcium score or a scan of the lungs.

How is an aortic aneurysm diagnosed?

Aortic aneurysm treatment

Treatment for aortic aneurysm usually involves surgery. However this will not be offered if your aneurysm is small with a low risk of bursting. Depending on the size of the aneurysm, you will be recommended regular MRA scans to monitor it to see if it has grown any bigger. If your aneurysm does grow to a size that increases the risk of rupture, at this point you will be offered surgery to repair the aneurysm.

Symptoms of aortic aneurysm

While most aneurysms are asymptomatic, you may experience intense pain in your back or abdomen. As your aneurysm grows, you may notice the following symptoms:

  • Tenderness or pain in the chest
  • Back pain
  • Weak scratchy voice
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
Symptoms of aortic aneurysm

Monitoring your aortic aneurysm

If your aortic aneurysm is small, your doctor may recommend you get a MRA (a type of MRI that looks specifically at the body’s blood vessels) to monitor the aneurysm. This will be done alongside medication and management of other medical conditions such as high blood pressure.

This scan usually takes place at least six months after your aneurysm is diagnosed, and at regular follow-up exams.


Why choose us?

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If you have been advised to book an MRA scan to monitor your aortic aneurysm, you can do so here by calling our bookings team on 0207 079 2102 (lines open Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm).

Alternatively, you can fill in the enquiry form below and a member of the team will get in touch to answer your query and get you booked in.


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