Abdominal X-Ray

An abdominal x-ray is an imaging test to look at organs and structures in the belly area. Organs include the spleen, stomach, and intestines. When the test is done to look at the bladder and kidney structures, it is called a KUB (kidneys, ureters, bladder) x-ray.

How the Test is Performed
  • The test is done in a hospital radiology department. Or it may done in the health care provider's office by an x-ray technologist.
  • You lie on your back on the x-ray table. The x-ray machine is positioned over your abdominal area. You hold your breath as the picture is taken so that the picture will not be blurry. You may be asked to change position to the side or to stand up for additional pictures.
How to Prepare for the Test

Before having the x-ray, tell the health care provider the following:

  • If you are pregnant or think you could be pregnant
  • Have an IUD inserted
  • Have had a barium contrast media x-ray in the last 4 days
  • If you have taken any medicines such as Pepto Bismol in the last 4 days (this type of medicine can interfere with the x-ray) You wear a hospital gown during the x-ray procedure. You must remove all jewelry. You must sign an informed consent form.

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