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A 33-year-old member asked:

How likely is it that a hairline fracture is missed on x-rays?

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Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
Orthopedic Surgery 43 years experience
It could happen.: Sometimes xrays aren't sensitive enough to pickup subtle fractures. Your doctor may consider an MRI or ct scan, for a more sensitive study, that can pick up a hairline fracture.
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Can you have a fracture, that was not seen on x-ray?

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Yes: Certain fractures around the elbow, wrist, and hand can be missed on high quality x-rays. If you have persistent pain following an injury, it is important to consult your physician and to see if additional diagnostic studies (e.g. Repeat x-rays, cat scans, or MRI scans) might be helpful.
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Could I have a fracture that was undetected on an x-ray?

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Sure: Stress fractures may not show up on the first set of x-rays one gets.....
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