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Ateneo de Zamboanga University

College of Nursing

NUSING SKILLS OUTPUT (NSO)


Report No. _7_
KUB TEST
I. DESCRIPTION:
A kidney, ureter, and bladder (KUB) X-ray may be performed to assess the abdominal
area for causes of abdominal pain, or to assess the organs and structures of the urinary and/or
gastrointestinal (GI) system. A KUB X-ray may be the first diagnostic procedure used to assess
the urinary system.

II. MATERIALS/ EQUIPMENTS NEEDED:


x-ray machine

III. PROCEDURE
1. You will be asked to take off clothes, jewellery, belts or other objects from the abdominal

region that might affect the procedure.


2. You may be asked to stand upright or lie in supine position (on your back) on a special

radiology table.
3. A device producing X-rays will be placed in front of your abdomen, while a sheath

containing a special tape including the film will be positioned behind your back.`
4. The lab technologist will move behind a special protective partition.
5. When asked, you have to remain absolutely still. A few seconds later, you will be

informed that the procedure is completed.


6. The procedure is absolutely painless.
7. Once the test procedure is completed, you can get dressed and leave the lab.

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IV. DIAGRAM/ ILLUSTRATIONS:

V. NURSING RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. BEFORE PROCEDURE

Your doctor will explain the procedure to you and offer you the opportunity to ask any
questions that you might have about the procedure.

Generally, no prior preparation, such as fasting or sedation, is required.

Notify the radiologic technologist if you are pregnant or suspect you may be pregnant.

Notify your doctor and radiologic technologist if you have taken a medication that
contains bismuth, such as Pepto-Bismol, in the past four days. Medications that
contain bismuth may interfere with testing procedures.

Based on your medical condition, your doctor may request other specific preparation.

2. DURING PROCEDURE

You will be asked to remove any clothing, jewelry, or other objects that might interfere
with the procedure.

If you are asked to remove clothing, you will be given a gown to wear.

You will be positioned in a manner that carefully places the part of the abdomen that is to
be X-rayed between the X-ray machine and a cassette containing the X-ray film or digital
media. You may be asked to stand erect, to lie flat on a table, or to lie on your side on a
table, depending on the X-ray view your doctor has requested. You may have X-rays
taken from more than one position.

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Body parts not being imaged may be covered with a lead apron (shield) to avoid
exposure to the X-rays.

Once you are positioned, the radiologic technologist will ask you to hold still for a few
moments while the X-ray exposure is made.

It is extremely important to remain completely still while the exposure is made, as any
movement may distort the image and even require another X-ray to be done to obtain a
clear image of the body part in question.

The X-ray beam will be focused on the area to be photographed.

The radiologic technologist will step behind a protective window while the image is
taken.

3. AFTER PROCEDURE
Generally, there is no special type of care following a KUB X-ray. However, your doctor
may give you additional or alternate instructions after the procedure, depending on your
particular situation.

Reference:
http://www.imop.gr/en/node/2441
http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/healthlibrary/test_procedures/urology/kidney_ureter_and_bladd
er_x-ray_92,p07719/

JANUARY 5, 6, 7 2015

TERESITA PARTOSA, RN MN

Date

Clinical Instructors Initials


EIREES JOY A. MENDOZA
BSN IV-D

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