NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

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The NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms features 7,812 terms related to cancer and medicine.

Browse the dictionary by selecting a letter of the alphabet or by entering a cancer-related word or phrase in the search box.

abdominal x-ray
(ab-DAH-mih-nul EX-ray)
An x-ray of the organs inside the abdomen. An x-ray is a type of radiation that can pass through the body and onto film, making pictures of areas inside the body. X-rays may be used to help diagnose disease.

EnlargeX-ray of the abdomen; drawing shows the patient on a table and x-rays are used to take pictures of the inside of the body.

X-ray of the abdomen. The patient lies on a table and x-rays are used to take pictures of the inside of the body.