(Flat Plate of the Abdomen; Kidneys, Ureter, Bladder; KUB)
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Reasons for Test
- Nausea and vomiting
- Abdominal pain or side pain
- Blood in the urine
- Constipation or diarrhea
- Bloody or dark black stools
- Abdominal trauma
What to Expect
Prior to Test
- Have taken any bismuth medicines (such as Pepto-Bismol) within the last four days
- Had a barium contrast x-ray within the last four days
- Are pregnant or could possibly be pregnant
Description of Test
How Long Will It Take?
Will It Hurt?
Call Your Doctor
National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse http://kidney.niddk.nih.gov
Urology Care Foundation http://www.urologyhealth.org
The Kidney Foundation of Canada http://www.kidney.ab.ca
The Public Health Agency of Canada ttp://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca
Kidney, ureter, and bladder x-ray. John Hopkins Medical Center website. Available at: http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/healthlibrary/test%5Fprocedures/urology/kidney%5Fureter%5Fand%5Fbladder%5Fx-ray%5F92,P07719 . Accessed November 10, 2012.
The Merck Manual website. Available at: http://www.merck.com/mmpe/index.html .
The Patient's Guide to Medical Tests . Yale University School of Medicine; 1997.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Update Date: 02/05/2014 -