What Affects the Test
Reasons you may not be able to
have the test or why the results may not be helpful include:
- Being pregnant. If a view of a pregnant woman's belly is needed,
an ultrasound test may be done instead.
- Not being able to lie still and hold your breath during the
What To Think About
- Your X-ray results may be different from earlier test results
because you were tested at a different medical center or you had a different
kind of test.
- Certain results seen on an abdominal X-ray may mean more tests
are needed to find the cause of the problem. These tests may include
computed tomography (CT) scan, a
barium enema, or
intravenous pyelography (IVP).
- An abdominal X-ray can't find certain problems, such as a
- A chest X-ray may be done at the same time as an abdominal X-ray.
To learn more, see the topic
Other Works Consulted
Fischbach FT, Dunning MB III, eds. (2009).
Manual of Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests, 8th ed.
Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.
Pagana KD, Pagana TJ (2010). Mosby’s Manual of Diagnostic and Laboratory Tests, 4th ed. St. Louis: Mosby Elsevier.
Primary Medical Reviewer
||Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
||Howard Schaff, MD - Diagnostic Radiology
Current as of
||April 24, 2012
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April 24, 2012
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