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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]; Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Hardik Patel, M.D. Ramyar Ghandriz MD[2]


Plain abdominal radiographs are obtained in patients complaining of abdominal pain and used for the initial diagnosis of an AAA. Because of the high proportion of patients with the aortic wall calcification, however, it is often difficult to further evaluate an AAA using a plain radiograph. Plain radiographs are useful, however, when an aneurysmal aorta appears normal on an angiogram due to a thrombus within the sac.

Abdominal X Ray

  • X-ray is not a favored study choice due to other more sensitive and specific ways.[1]
  • Some nonspecific changes may be seen in X-ray graphy.
  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm can be first suspected via a random abdominal x-ray graphy.
  • Aortic wall calcification has been shown in the radiograph below:
A faint outline of the calcified wall of an AAA Copyleft image obtained courtesy of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:RupturedAAAXray.png; James Heilman, MD.


  1. Isselbacher, Eric M. (2005). "Thoracic and Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms". Circulation. 111 (6): 816–828. doi:10.1161/01.CIR.0000154569.08857.7A. ISSN 0009-7322.

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