Abdominal x-ray air (summary)

Dr Craig Hacking and Dr Vikas Shah et al.
This is a basic article for medical students and other non-radiologists

Abdominal x-ray review is a key competency for medical students, junior doctors and other allied health professionals. Using ABDO X is a helpful and systematic method for abdominal x-ray review, where A refers to the assessment of the presence and location of air.

Reference article

This is a summary article; we do not have a more in-depth reference article.

  • introduction
    • air should only be within bowel loops
    • free peritoneal air is known as pneumoperitoneum
    • erect chest x-rays are more sensitive to the presence of pneumoperitoneum than abdominal x-rays
    • however, there are some key signs on abdominal x-rays of a pneumoperitoneum
  • procedure
Medical student radiology curriculum
Share article

Article information

rID: 56964
Section: Approach
Tag: summary
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:

Cases and figures

  • Drag
    Figure 1: Rigler sign of free intraperitoneal gas
    Drag here to reorder.
  • Updating… Please wait.
    Loadinganimation

    Alert accept

    Error Unable to process the form. Check for errors and try again.

    Alert accept Thank you for updating your details.