An x-ray (radiograph) is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. Imaging with x-rays involves exposing a part of the body to a small dose of ionizing radiation to produce pictures of the inside of the body. X-rays are the oldest and most frequently used form of medical imaging.
Abdominal x-ray is a commonly performed diagnostic x-ray examination that produces images of the organs in the abdominal cavity including the stomach, liver, intestines and spleen.
Why should I do it ?
- Abdominal x-ray is often the first imaging test used to evaluate and diagnose the source of acute pain in the abdominal region and/or lower back as well as unexplained nausea and vomiting.
Abdominal x-ray is also performed to help diagnose conditions such as:
- kidney and urinary bladder stones and gallstones
- intestinal blockages
- perforation of the stomach or intestine
- ingestion of foreign objects
Any preparations needed?
- Most x-ray examinations require no special preparation
- You may be asked to remove some or all of your clothes during the exam.
- You may also be asked to remove jewelry, removable dental appliances, eye glasses and any metal objects or clothing that might interfere with the x-ray Images.
- Women should always inform their physician and x-ray technologist if there is any possibility that they are pregnant.