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Abdominal X-Ray (AXR) is performed by a radiographer in an X-Ray room with the patient either sitting up, lying flat or lying on the side.
Abdominal X-Ray (AXR) is useful in investigating flank pain (to look for kidney stones) and may also delineate the size and shape of organs such as the liver, kidney or spleen. It can be used to investigate symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and constipation and to determine the cause of abdominal distension (small or large bowel obstruction is classically well visualised). It can also be used to determine the presence of free air (in conditions such as perforated duodenum secondary to an ulcer).
Abdominal X-Ray (AXR) can determine the presence obstruction (enlarged bowel with trapped air), perforation (free air outside of the bowel wall), organomegaly (increased solid organ size), and the presence of stones and constipation.
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