A 35-year-old male asked:
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i was diagnosed with a syndesmotic liagament injury do a distal fibular fracture...why would my dr not order an mri, only after i requested one?

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Dr. G Jason Hunt
16 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Not needed: MRI scan of a syndesmotic injury is not necessary. Often diagnosed with plain Xray, this injury can best be imaged by CT scan if clinically indicated and Xrays are negative.
Answered on Aug 2, 2015
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Dr. Eric Price
22 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
X-rays are enough: An injury to the syndesmosis is picked up by X-rays and even though mris are helpful for many other types of soft tissue injuries, a doctor can tell that the syndesmosis is disrupted by the alignment if the bones on xray.
Answered on Jul 11, 2014

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