This test is an x-ray that uses radiation to take a picture of structures inside the abdomen.
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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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
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.
You will be able to leave after the test is done.
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 if you have any questions about the test, your condition, or your test results.
In case of emergency,
Last reviewed October 2009 by
Brian P. Randall, MD
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