The Information Services Division Scotland has published the annual update on the abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) screening programme in Scotland for the year ending 31 March 2019. Every year, men aged ≥65 years in Scotland are invited to the screening programme which aims to reduce the mortality associated with AAAs in this population.
Key findings from the report are as follows:
- More than eight out of 10 men took up the AAA screening invitation, indicating an uptake rate of 84.5 per cent.
- More than 25,800 underwent testing through the routine programme and aneurysms were detected in 303 men (1.2%).
- Small aneurysms (84%) accounted for the majority of aneurysms identified through the screening programme, followed by medium (11%) and large (5%) aneurysms.
- The most deprived areas had a lower screening uptake (76.7%) than the least deprived areas (90%).
- The necessary threshold at the national level was met in nine of the 12 performance indicators for the screening programme.