X – Ray Abdomen Lateral View

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X-ray abdomen lateral view is a diagnostic test that uses X-ray beams to develop images of internal organs, tissues, and bones.

What is X-ray abdomen lateral view?

During X-ray abdomen lateral view, imaging is done with the patient is asked to lie down on his/her left side and the X-rays pass from front to back of the body [1].

  • X-ray abdomen lateral view is quick, easy, painless, and non-invasive technique.
  • Exposure to radiation is minimized.
  • It is used to diagnose the cause of abdominal pain.
  • X-ray abdomen lateral view detects the shape and size of abdominal organs, tumors, kidney or gall bladder stones, or presence of a foreign object in the abdomen.

Sometimes barium contrast X-ray abdomen lateral view may be advised for more accuracy.

How is X-ray abdomen lateral view performed?

For X-ray abdomen lateral view, the patient must lie sideways on the table.

  • Lead shield is provided to reduce radiation exposure to other parts of the body.
  • X-ray machine is positioned in front of the abdomen.
  • Patient must lie still, as movement can blur the image.
  • The patient is asked to hold breath during imaging.
  • Image develops on special film placed in a cassette.

The entire procedure for X-ray abdomen lateral view may take about 15-20 minutes.

Risks of X-ray abdomen lateral view

Exposure to ionizing radiations is unavoidable in X-ray abdomen lateral view.

  • Risk of cancer due to frequent radiation exposure.
  • Must be avoided during pregnancy.

Preparation before performing X-ray abdomen lateral view

Before X-ray abdomen lateral view, the technician will ask about current illness, pregnancy status, and medications used.

  • The patient is advised to wear comfortable clothing.
  • All accessories must be removed before X-ray abdomen lateral view.
  • There are no restrictions on the intake of food and regular medications.
  • If advised, barium sulphate contrast may be given.

Post-care after X-ray abdomen lateral view

The patient can resume normal activities after X-ray abdomen lateral view. No special post-care is necessary after X-ray abdomen lateral view.

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