What is an Abdominal X-ray?

Abdominal x-ray is performed to get images of the abdominal organs including stomach, liver, intestines and spleen. The same abdominal x-ray is called  KUB x-ray when it is  performed to provide pictures of the kidneys, ureters and bladder.


Why have I been asked to get an abdomen x-ray done?

Abdomen x-ray is performed to: 
  • Determine the reason for abdomen pain.
  • Check for any unexplained nausea or vomiting.
  • Evaluate for  any indigestion or blockage
  • Evaluate gallstones or kidney stone
  • Assess any holes in the abdomen area
  • Assess intestine blockage


Names of Previous reports/scans required?



How long is the procedure for?

  • Total time – 1 hr 
  • Test time- 10-15 mins


Can I walk in for an Abdomen x-ray without prior appointment?

  •  Yes  (Confirm by calling on 8869906990 before arriving at the centre)


 History of allergy?



How can I prepare for the scan? 

  • Women should tell their doctors if there is any chance they may be pregnant because an abdominal x-ray is not performed on a pregnant woman as the radiation can harm the baby. If in doubt, make sure to take a pregnancy test before performing the scan. If positive, it is not advised.
  • Wear comfortable clothing and avoid jewellery or any other metal on the body.
  • Please do let us know if you’ve consumed antacids  or had a barium sulfate contrast X-ray in the last few days before the scan as it can interfere with the process.
  • It is recommended to empty your bladder before the test
  • Please inform us if you have an intrauterine device (IUD) inserted for pregnancy prevention or hormonal regulation


How is the Abdominal x-ray done?

  •   You  will be asked to lie on a padded table, with the X-ray generator positioned above the abdominal area.
  •   It’s important that you  stay very still.  You may be asked to hold your  breath for a few seconds during the time in which the image is obtained.
  •   X-ray will be taken from various positions so you may also be asked to stand while taking an abdominal x-ray.
  •   You  can eat immediately after the test and remain fully dressed as long as your clothes have no metal buttons or zippers.