Abdominal Pain in Adults (cont.)
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Radiology studies of the patient's abdomen can be useful, but are not always necessary or helpful.
Ultrasound is a painless procedure useful in finding some causes of abdominal pain.
CT scan is a special type of x-ray that provides useful information about the liver, pancreas, kidneys and ureters, spleen, and small and large intestine, including diseases such as appendicitis and diverticulitis.
You and your health care professional should discuss the diagnostic needs for an X-ray, and the potential radiation exposure before proceeding with any X-ray examination.
The health care professional may perform no tests at all. The cause of the patient's pain may be clear without any tests and may be known not to be serious. If the patient does undergo tests, the professional should explain the results to them.
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