Definition

This test is an x-ray that uses radiation to take a picture of structures inside the abdomen.

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

Abdominal Organs

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What to Expect

Prior to Test

You may be asked not to eat or drink anything for four hours before your test.

You will remove your clothes and put on a hospital gown. You will also need to remove all metal items, like jewelry and watches.

Tell your doctor if you:

  • Have taken any bismuth medicines (such as Pepto-Bismol) within the last four days
  • Had a barium contrast x-ray within the last four days
  • Have an intrauterine device (IUD)
  • Are pregnant or could possibly be pregnant

Description of Test

You will lie flat on your back under the x-ray machine and remain still while the x-ray is taken. You may be asked to shift to other positions for more x-rays.

After Test

You will be able to leave after the test is done.

How Long Will It Take?

About 10 minutes

Will It Hurt?

No

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, which may include:

Call Your Doctor

Call your doctor if you have any questions about the test, your condition, or your test results.

In case of emergency, CALL 911.