To understand both of these conditions - Aortic Aneurysm and Aortic Dissection, we need to understand what the aorta is.
Figure 1: The aorta with its different main branches
Symptoms of shock due to massive blood loss such as:
The diagnosis of an Aortic Aneurysm or Aortic Dissection is similar. There are different methods available to not only diagnose these conditions but to also help doctors to determine the best treatment options and follow-up plans.
It is also part of the work up to check the heart function before a surgery.
MRI is similar to a CT scan. However, one of its benefits is that it does not use radiation to capture images. Instead, it uses a powerful magnetic field to do so. Another benefit is that the contrast medium (dye) used in an MRI seems to be better tolerated in patients.
Aortic Aneurysm treatment depends on the size, location and the patient's state of health.
The treatment for Aortic Dissection depends on where in the aorta in occurs. Regardless, it is a life-threatening condition that has to be treated as soon as possible.