Tests, procedures and surgery

Abdominal X-ray

(Flat Plate of the Abdomen; Kidneys, Ureter, Bladder; KUB)

Abdominal X-ray – Definition

An x-ray creates pictures of organs in the body. This type of x-ray takes a picture of organs in the abdomen.

Abdominal X-ray – Reasons for Test

Your doctor may order this test if there is a problem in your abdomen. The area includes everything from just under your chest to your pelvic area. Some symptoms that may make your doctor concerned include:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Abdominal pain or side pain
  • Bloating
  • Blood in the urine
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Bloody or dark black stools

Abdominal X-ray – What to Expect

Prior to Test

Usually no special preparation is needed.

You will remove your clothes and put on a hospital gown. You will also need to remove all metal items, like jewelry and watches.

Tell your doctor if you:

  • Have taken any bismuth medicines (such as Pepto-Bismol) within the last four days
  • Had a barium contrast x-ray within the last four days
  • Are pregnant or could possibly be pregnant

Abdominal X-ray – Description of Test

You will lie flat on your back under the x-ray machine. You will be asked to remain still while the x-ray is taken. Between x-rays you may be asked to move into another position. You may also be asked to stand upright.

Abdominal X-ray – After Test

You will be able to leave after the test is done.

Abdominal X-ray – How Long Will It Take?

The x-ray will take about 10 minutes

Abdominal X-ray – Will It Hurt?


Abdominal X-ray – Results

The x-ray may help your doctor find the source of your problem. If the x-ray shows an abnormality, you may need more testing such as:

  • Ultrasound
  • Abdominal and pelvic CT scan

Abdominal X-ray – Call Your Doctor

Call your doctor if you have any questions about the test, your condition, or your test results.

In case of an emergency, call for medical help right away.

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