X – Ray Abdomen
Abdominal X-ray is the radiology used to scan the inside of the abdominal cavity in the occurrence of any unexplained pain, nausea or vomiting.
What is X-Ray Abdomen?
An X-Ray is a radiograph that is required to diagnose and treat medical conditions in patients.
In this process, ionizing radiation is used to obtain pictures of the abdominal areas. It is also used to examine the liver, stomach, intestines, and spleen to diagnose the ailment. This method is very fast and easy to perform. It serves quite helpful in emergency diagnosis and treatments.
When this radiology is performed to get the pictures of the kidney, uterus, and bladder, it is called a KUB X-ray.
How is the X-Ray Abdomen performed?
The radiology of the abdomen is a painless method. It involves the following steps:
- You will have to lie down on an x-ray table.
- A kind of shield will be given to you to protect certain parts of your body from the rays.
- You will be required to remain still.
- You may also be asked to stop breathing for a few seconds.
- You may be asked to turn to your side for additional images.
This process of radiology is completed within 15 minutes.
Side effects/risks of X-Ray Abdomen
Although there are limited risks involved in this radiology, one must refrain from:
- Exposure to these rays on a regular basis as it may lead to cancer.
- Effective radiation dose fluctuates.
- Women who are expecting to be pregnant should inform their radiologists.
Preparation before performing X-Ray Abdomen
Before going in for the radiology, you must:
- Not be wearing or have in your body any metal object.
- Change into a comfortable gown.
- Empty your bladder before the test.
Post-care after X-Ray abdomen
There is no particular post care required after this method of radiology; however, you must take care of the following:
- Some people may be allergic to the contrast or dye injected.
- The patient may experience rashes, irritation, or redness.
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