Abdominal X-Ray- What You Need To Know

Why do you need an abdominal plain film?

You need an abdominal plain film if you show any of the following symptoms:

  • Severe nausea
  • Persistent vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Flank or back pain
  • Abdominal swelling

Your doctor may recommend the procedure if you have the following conditions:

  • An abdominal aortic aneurysm
  • Addison’s disease
  • Anaemia (idiopathic aplastic or secondary aplastic)
  • Pancreatitis [1]
  • Appendicitis
  • Ascariasis
  • Atheroembolic renal disease
  • Blind loop syndrome
  • Echinococcus infection [2]
  • Hirschsprung’s disease [3]
  • Intestinal pseudo-obstruction (primary or idiopathic)
  • Intussusception (in children)
  • Necrotizing enterocolitis
  • Nephrocalcinosis [4]
  • Toxic megacolon
  • Ureter injury [5]
  • Wilms’ tumour
  • GI perforation

Your healthcare provider may also recommend an abdominal X-ray to determine the exact location of a foreign substance you’ve swallowed. Additionally, the procedure can also be used to ensure a tube, such as a feeding catheter or suction is in the appropriate position. These tubes are primarily used to remove or administer gasses or fluids from the body.