Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms (AAAs) are localized enlargements of the aorta. If untreated, AAAs will grow irreversibly until rupture occurs. Ruptured AAAs are usually fatal and are a leading cause of death in the United States, killing 15,000 per year (National Center for Health Statistics, 2001). Surgery to repair AAAs also carries mortality risks, so surgeons desire a reliable tool to evaluate the risk of rupture versus the risk of surgery.

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