An abdominal x-ray is a diagnostic tool that uses a very small dose of ionizing radiation to produce pictures of the inside of the abdominal cavity. It is used to evaluate the stomach, liver, intestines, and spleen and may be used to help diagnose unexplained pain, nausea, or vomiting. When used to examine the kidneys, ureters, and bladder, it’s called a KUB x-ray. Because abdominal x-ray is fast and easy, it is particularly useful in emergency diagnosis and treatment.
In most cases, an abdominal x-ray is a safe and effective way to obtain important information about the abdominal organs. However, as with any medical procedure, there are some risks involved. These risks are typically very low, but they should be discussed with your doctor prior to having the procedure.