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Disease Information : Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm : Diagnosis

Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm : Diagnosis

How is Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm diagnosed?

The diagnosis of TAA can be made by one of several ways. Sometimes, a plain chest x-ray will hint to its presence. The best methods to image the thoracic aorta are either a CT scan or MRI. Both of these tests can provide comprehensive information about the size of the aneurysm and its relationship to other structures; this information enables the vascular specialist to recommend the most appropriate treatment plan. If the aneurysm is too small to fix, usually a surveillance program to monitor the growth of the aneurysm is recommended for the patient so that the physician can recommend intervention at the right time. There are other tests that can be used to diagnose or monitor a TAA, including an angiogram or echocardiogram.

Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm section was last modified: December 21, 2010 - 06:06 pm

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