Vascular Screenings

“Welcome to Medicare” Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Screening

Special Screening: Medicare covers a one-time AAA screening ultrasound if you receive a referral for it as a result of your “Welcome to Medicare” preventive visit. You must get the preventive visit and the screening ultrasound referral (not the ultrasound exam itself) within the first 12 months you have Medicare Part B.

Am I eligible?:

  • A family history of abdominal aortic aneurysm
  • You must be a male, age 65 to 75 who has smoked at least 100 cigarettes in his lifetime
  • You have never had an AAA ultrasound screening paid for by Medicare.
  • A physician’s referral for the AAA ultrasound screening is required for your “Welcome to Medicare” preventive visit.

NO food or beverage seven (7) hours before your scheduled exam. It is therefore best to have the examination performed after an overnight fast, and it is important to avoid tobacco and caffeine prior to the test. A complete examination may take as long as an hour. Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing.

Schedule an Appointment

To schedule an appointment, call 949-764-6350.

Vascular Lab Screenings

Hoag Vascular Lab screenings are performed by Registered Vascular Technologists (RVT) specializing in vascular testing. A physician’s referral is not needed for the vascular screenings listed below.

The Vascular screenings performed in the Hoag Vascular Lab consist of the following:

  • Aortic Aneurysm Screening: Ultrasound scan of the aorta to identify aortic aneurysms ($45.00)
  • Carotid Artery Screening: Determines presence or absence of atherosclerotic disease. The Intimal Medial Thickness (IMT) is measured to evaluate risk. ($45.00)
  • ABI (Ankle/Brachial Index) Screening: Blood pressure measurements in the legs to identify Peripheral Arterial Disease and risk of heart disease ($45.00)
  • All three screenings: $95.00

Appropriate vascular screenings in high-risk individuals include:

  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Smoking
  • High Cholesterol
  • Known cardiovascular disease
  • Family history of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA)
  • Leg pain while walking

Schedule an Appointment

To schedule an appointment, call 949-764-6350.