How To Prepare
Before the X-ray test, tell your doctor if you:
- Are or might be pregnant. An abdominal X-ray is not usually done during pregnancy because of the risk of radiation exposure to your baby (Reference fetus Opens New Window). Many times an abdominal ultrasound is done instead.
- Have had an X-ray test using barium Reference contrast material Opens New Window (such as a Reference barium enema Opens New Window) or have taken a medicine (such as Pepto-Bismol) that has bismuth in the last 4 days. Barium and bismuth can block a clear picture.
You may be asked to empty your bladder before the test. You may need to take off any jewelry that may be in the way of the X-ray picture, such as if you have a pierced belly button.
Talk to your doctor about any concerns you have regarding the need for the test, its risks, how it will be done, or what the results will mean. To help you understand the importance of this test, fill out the medical test information form (What is a Reference PDF Opens New Window document?).
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference December 21, 2010|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Howard Schaff, MD - Diagnostic Radiology