How did the CAT scan look?
I was a little PO'd when I had a pelvic echo. My doc wanted a look at my liver and as long as I was being referred I wanted a good look around especially at my abdominal aorta. Alas only part was visobel (and OK) but some was invisible due to "bowel content.
If someone had mentioned that a laxative would be a good idea I'd have complied. Since I had a healthy uncle drop dead in a minute or two from a burst AAA I rreally wanted to be cleared. But now all that I can be comfortable with is that MOST of my AA is not balooned! <big whoop, right!>
Even during an angiogram I said have a peak at my AA and I was told it takes too much dye for safety.
I wouldn't worry about being able to feel your pulse on your xiphoid process.