3-11. ANTERIOR POSTERIOR SUPINE ABDOMEN
With its many organs, disease or trauma to the abdominal cavity can cause a
variety of complications. Since abdominal injuries are painful and potentially life-
threatening, the physician will often order abdominal radiographs as the first step in the
diagnostic process. It is, therefore, imperative that you have a thorough knowledge of
positional information in order to properly demonstrate an abdomen. You must produce
diagnostic radiographs the first time so the patient will receive as little radiation
exposure as possible, especially to the reproductive organs.