(Flat Plate of the Abdomen; Kidneys, Ureter, Bladder; KUB)
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An x-ray creates pictures of organs in the body. This type of x-ray takes a picture of organs in the abdomen.
Reasons for Test
Your doctor may order this test if there is a problem in your abdomen. The area includes everything from just under your chest to your pelvic area. Some symptoms that may make your doctor concerned include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Abdominal pain or side pain
- Blood in the urine
- Constipation or diarrhea
- Bloody or dark black stools
- Abdominal trauma
Complications are rare. If you are planning to have an x-ray, your doctor will review a list of possible complications.
A x-ray does use radiation. You and your doctor will weigh the harms and benefits of this test. An x-ray may not be advised if you are pregnant. Be sure to discuss these risks with your doctor before the test.