System and anatomy
Although anatomy of the abdomen is complicated, many structures are not clearly defined on a radiograph of the abdomen, and therefore cannot be fully assessed.
A systematic approach to abdominal X-ray interpretation is therefore relatively straightforward. This involves assessment of the bowel gas pattern, soft tissue structures, and bones. Full assessment includes a check of patient data, image quality, and checking for artifact and abnormal calcification.
This tutorial will discuss these steps.
Before starting you may find it helpful to read - 'Using the tutorials.'
Tutorial key points
- Check the patient details
- Assess quality
- Systematically review bowel gas, soft tissues, bones and abnormal calcification