Reasons for Abdominal X-ray

When your doctor informs you that you need the Abdominal X-ray procedure performed it can be scary. Learn exactly what the procedure involves, the reasons it needs to be performed and what the next steps could be.

Why Abdominal X-ray is Performed

Alternate Names for Abdominal X-ray:
Flat plate of the abdomen
Kidneys, ureter, bladder

Reasons for Test

This test is used when there is a concern that there is a problem in your abdomen. 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


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Reasons For Abdominal X-ray
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Abdominal X-ray Complications
Learn about possible complications and what might increase the risk of them.
Abdominal X-ray Details
What to Expect
Find out how long it will take, what they will be doing and what to expect afterwards.
Abdominal X-ray Results
What are the next steps and other possible tests needed after you have received the results.
When to Contact Doctor about Abdominal X-ray
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