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What are some of the purposes of a plain abdominal radiograph?
1. Detection of Calculi.
2. Intestinal obstruction.
3. Intestinal perforation.
4. Abdominal mass.
5. Foreign body localization.
6. Abdominal pain.
7. Check position of tubes.
8. Scout film prior to contrast exam.
How is a patient prepared for abdominal imaging?
(time permitting)
1. A low residue diet two days prior to the exam.

2. A laxative the night before.

3. A cleansing enema one hour before.

4. Nothing to eat from midnight before the exam.
Why is it important to get an X-ray requisition prior to the procedure?
1. It is the legal order for the X-ray.

2. It tells what to X-ray.

3. It gives the physician ordering it.
What should you check regarding the requisition?
1. The clinical indications must correlate with the exam requested.

2. Does the information match the name band and chart information?
How should you approach the patient?

What should you tell them?
1. Be courteous and professional.

2. Briefly that you will be taking an X-ray. Give more detail in private.
What should you ask the patient first?
1. Does the main complaint match the requested exam?

2. Are they in pain, need medication.

3. Have they had a recent X-ray?
How are patients transported?
Safely and effectively?
When th epatient is in the room what should you do next?
Close the door to ensure privacy.
What can you now ask them?
Explain the procedure clearly and accurately.

Are they pregnant?

Can they move themselves onto the table?
What should be done prior to transferring the patient to the table?
1. Set wall oxygen, transfer tubing, turn off stretcher tank.

2. Transfer IV and Foley catheter.