Abnormal soft tissues/bones
The bones and soft tissues of the abdomen are primarily imaged by means other than the abdominal X-ray. Ultrasound is usually the initial investigation for suspected soft tissue abnormalities of the abdomen. Dedicated X-rays are usually required to investigate suspected bone and joint disease.
Occasionally you will come across an unexpected abnormality of bone or soft tissue on an abdominal X-ray. This tutorial briefly discusses a range of these abnormalities.
Tutorial key points
- Bone and soft tissue disease are encountered incidentally on abdominal X-rays
- Awareness of the abnormalities you may encounter helps avoid confusion
- Ultrasound or dedicated X-rays are required for initial investigation of suspected abdominal soft tissues or bone disease