Aortic Center

Aortic Center Screenings and Diagnostic Tests

Problems with the aorta, like aortic aneurysm or aortic dissection, are usually found and diagnosed with an imaging test. Sometimes, these conditions are discovered during an imaging test that was ordered for a different health problem.

Imaging tests might include:


Regular X-rays are often used to look inside the chest or abdomen and get a clear picture of the aorta.

Computed Tomography (CT) Scan

This test takes multiple images in a quick series so that the physician can see a cross-section of your body, including the aorta.


This test shows the doctor how well your heart and blood vessels are pumping blood.

Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA)

During this test, you'll lie on a table that slides into a tunnel. You may have a dye injected so that your blood vessels are more visible in the images being taken.

If your family has a history of conditions like Marfan syndrome or other illnesses that may increase your risk for an aortic aneurysm, you may want to undergo genetic testing. You may also want to have imaging tests done from time to time to make sure that your aorta is healthy.