X-ray Abdomen

This x-ray creates images of the organs in the abdomen (stomach, liver, spleen, and intestines).

This x-ray creates images of the organs in the abdomen (stomach, liver, spleen, and intestines).

An abdominal X-ray uses a small dose of radiation to create images of the contents of the abdomen to help find the cause of symptoms such as pain, swelling, nausea, and vomiting.

  • Information about certain organs in the abdomen (such as the stomach, intestines, liver, gallbladder and kidneys) can sometimes be obtained.
  • Conditions like intestinal perforation (small hole in the bowels), stones in the kidney or gall bladder, intestinal obstruction (blockage in the bowels) and ascites (abdominal fluid) can sometimes be diagnosed.

Here are some things you should know before having an X-ray.

  • Tell the technician if you are, or could be, pregnant. The exposure from a single X-ray has not been associated with harmful effects to an unborn baby, but precautions should be taken.
  • You will need to lie still during the test, so the technician can take a clear image.
  • The technician may move you into different positions, so he or she can take different images.

The costs for this test include the charge for the test (facility charge) and physician charges (for performing or interpreting the test). You may get separate bills from the facility and the physician's office.

What should I ask my health care provider before having this test?

  • Is there any special preparation for the test? (If so, get clear steps to follow.)
  • What is the reason for the test? Are the test results likely to change my treatment plan? If not, why do I need the test?
  • What other tests could be done instead of this X-ray? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each?

Source UHC.com

Also known as:

X-ray Abdomen
Abdominal X-ray
Abdominal Xray

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