Why should I get an Abdominal X-Ray?

Abdominal x-rays are completed to:

  • diagnose the source of nausea, vomiting, pain, abdominal swelling and other symptoms related to the abdomen
  • identify suspected urinary system problems
  • identify a tumour or blockage
  • examine whether there is air or fluid in the peritoneal space (the space surrounding the abdominal organs)

What can I do to prepare for an Abdominal X-Ray?

You do not need to do anything to prepare for an abdominal x-ray. You just need to go to your appointment at the required time and then follow the directions of the x-ray technician.

What do I need to do after the Abdominal X-Ray?

You do not need to do anything specific after the abdominal x-ray. You can resume your normal activity as soon as the test is finished.

Will It Hurt?


Is anaesthesia used during the X-Ray?

No. There is no need for anaesthesia during an abdominal x-ray.

How Long Will It Take?

An abdominal x-ray takes about 10-20 minutes to complete.

Is there any hospital stay involved in having an abdominal x-ray?

No there is no need for a hospital stay when having an abdominal x-ray.