This type of X-ray may be done to check the stomach for causes of pain. It may also be done to check the organs and structures of the urinary or gastrointestinal (GI) system. The X-ray may be the first diagnostic procedure used to check the urinary system.
X-rays use beams of energy that pass through body tissues onto a special film and make a picture. They show pictures of your internal tissues, bones, and organs.
The X-ray may be done to diagnose the cause of stomach pain. This can include things such as masses, perforations, or blockage. The X-ray may be taken to look at the urinary tract before other diagnostic procedures are done. Stones in the kidneys or ureters may be noted.
There may be other reasons for your healthcare provider to recommend an X-ray.
You may want to ask your healthcare provider about the amount of radiation used during the procedure and the risks related to your particular situation. Keep a record of your past history of radiation exposure. Tell your healthcare provider about any previous scans and other types of X-rays. Risks associated with radiation exposure may be related to the total number of X-ray exams or treatments over a long period of time.
Tell your healthcare provider if you are pregnant or think that you may be pregnant. Radiation exposure during pregnancy may lead to birth defects.
There may be other risks depending on your specific medical problem. Discuss any concerns with your healthcare provider before the procedure.
Certain things make an X-ray less accurate. These include:
A kidney, ureter, and bladder X-ray may be done on an outpatient basis. It can also be done as part of your hospital stay. Procedures may vary depending on your condition and your healthcare provider’s practices.
Generally, an X-ray follows this process:
While the X-ray procedure itself causes no pain, moving the body part being examined may cause some discomfort or pain, particularly in the case of a recent injury or invasive procedure, such as surgery. The radiologic technologist will use all possible comfort measures and complete the procedure as quickly as possible to reduce any discomfort or pain.