Aortic Tests and Diagnostics

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:

  • X-ray. 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.
  • Echocardiogram. 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.

Become a Patient

If you have been diagnosed with an aortic disease or condition, please call us directly at 404-778-7777 to learn more about scheduling an appointment with one of our physicians.

Initial Consultation
During your first visit, we’ll perform a full evaluation based on your current symptoms or conditions. We’ll also ask you questions about your medical and family history. You will be asked to bring a CD containing all your medical records related to your diagnosis, including imaging and test results. You can call us to make arrangements to send us the CD, or bring it to your first appointment.

Refer Your Patient

If your patient has an aortic aneurysm, dissection or other condition or disease of the aorta that may require surgical or endovascular intervention, please call us directly at 404-778-5050. The goal of our multidisciplinary Aortic Center physician team is to collaborate with you to determine the best treatment for your patient.

The following patient information is required for referral:

  • Patient's name, address and telephone number
  • Patient's date of birth
  • Patient's social security number
  • Diagnosis and date of diagnosis
  • Prior treatment, if any
  • Insurance information

For emergency patient transfers, call the Emory Heart Center Transfer Service at 404-778-4930 or 1-800-43-HEART.

How Can We Help You Today?

Need help? We will be delighted to assist you today, so please call us at 404-778-7777. We look forward to hearing from you.