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A 21-year-old female asked:

How is a broken bone detected?

3 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ronald Oberman
Podiatry 32 years experience
See below: X-rays often make diagnosis. In more coplicated cases, MRI or cat scan may be necessary.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 23 years experience
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.
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 30 years experience
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.

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