Can A Stomach X Ray Show Pregnancy?

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February 12, 2023 by Marjorie R. Rogers, MA (English), Certified Consultant

No, a stomach x ray cannot show pregnancy. Pregnancy can only be detected by ultrasound or blood tests that measure the level of the hormone beta human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG).


If you’re wondering whether a stomach x-ray can show pregnancy, the answer is unfortunately no. X-rays are not able to detect pregnancies, because the developing fetus is surrounded by bone and tissue that block the x-rays from reaching it. However, there are other imaging tests that can be performed, such as ultrasounds or MRIs, which will be able to show if you’re pregnant.

So if you’re wanting to confirm a pregnancy, we recommend talking to your doctor about getting an ultrasound instead of an x-ray.

Can a Back X Ray Show Pregnancy

A back x ray cannot show pregnancy. Pregnancy can be detected through other means such as an abdominal x ray, however a back x ray will not provide this information.

Can A Stomach X Ray Show Pregnancy?


What Can a Stomach X-Ray Detect?

A stomach X-ray can detect a number of things, including: -The presence of food in the stomach -The size and shape of the stomach

-The presence of any foreign objects in the stomach

Had an Xray Didnt Know I was Pregnant?

It’s not uncommon for women to have no idea they’re pregnant until well into the pregnancy. In fact, it’s estimated that 1 in 450 pregnancies are what’s known as a “cryptic pregnancy.” A cryptic pregnancy is a pregnancy where there are no detectable signs or symptoms—not even a missed period.

So how is it possible to be pregnant and not know it? There are a few reasons why this can happen. One possibility is that the woman has irregular periods to begin with, so she doesn’t notice when she misses one.

Another possibility is that early on in the pregnancy, the levels of hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin), the hormone responsible for causing morning sickness and fetal growth, may not be high enough to cause any symptoms. Additionally, some women experience what’s called implantation bleeding—light spotting that occurs when the fertilized egg implants in the uterine wall—around the time their period was supposed to start but mistake it for an unusually light period. If you think you might be pregnant but have no symptoms whatsoever, take a home pregnancy test or make an appointment with your doctor—better safe than sorry!


A stomach x-ray cannot show pregnancy. Pregnancy can be diagnosed with a blood test or ultrasound.

About Author (Marjorie R. Rogers)

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