A 21-year-old female asked:
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how is a broken bone detected?

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Dr. Ronald Oberman
31 years experience Podiatry
See below: X-rays often make diagnosis. In more coplicated cases, MRI or cat scan may be necessary.
Answered on Jun 10, 2014
Dr. Payam Rafat
22 years experience Podiatry
X-ray, CT or MRI: You will need and x-ray to see if you have a fracture. If fractured, you will need to be immobilized with a splint, cast, or rigid walking boot depending on the location of the injury. You may need surgery if there is vascular compromise or if the fracture is not stable or is displaced. Have you physician determine which course of treatment is best for you.
Answered on Oct 18, 2020
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Dr. Edward Hellman
29 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Exam, X-ray: Usually a physical exam and X-ray are first tests in patient with a suspected fracture. If X-ray negative, but suspicion still strong, then further testing such as an MRI, ct scan, or bone scan may be ordered.
Answered on Oct 18, 2020

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