Abdominal X-ray

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

  • 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.

  • 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 Organs
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  • What to Expect

  • 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

  • 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 trauma

  • Possible Complications

    Complications are rare. If you are planning to have an x-ray, your doctor will review a list of possible complications.

    A x-ray does use radiation. You and your doctor will weigh the harms and benefits of this test. An x-ray may not be advised if you are pregnant. Be sure to discuss these risks with your doctor before the test.