Does the pancreas show up on plain film?
No, it is obscured by other organs... unless... there is long term pancreatitis leading to calcium deposits.
What would you use to visualize bowel obstruction?
What is the rule of threes for small bowel?
Greater than 3cm dilatation, greater than 3 a-f levels = obstruction
What is the pouch of douglas?
Space posterior to the rectum
What is morrison's pouch?
Hepatorenal recess of subhepatic space
What is involved in the acute abdominal series?
CXR, upright and supine radiographs