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A 26-year-old female asked:

I went to the er and got x-ray of my injured wrist. they said it was fractured. then i went to an orthopedic surgeon who reviewed the x-ray and didn't see a fracture .can i email an x-ray to you?

5 doctor answers13 doctors weighed in
Dr. Raymond Raven
Hand Surgery 24 years experience
Negative: If an orthopedic surgeon said x-rays are negative, then it is highly unlikely you have a fracture...
Dr. James Dickson
Orthopedic Surgery 50 years experience
Sure: Sometimes x-rays can be misinterpreted by er docs. No harm done if it is true; i'd be happy to review it.
Dr. Edward Druy
Radiology 53 years experience
Ask for radiology dx: It is possible that the er doc misinterpreted the x-rays. Usually there will be a report from the radiologist. Ask to see that. The radiologist report and the orthopedist report should be similar.
Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine 52 years experience
Consider source: Orthopedic surgeon and radiologist review many more radiographs than er physician. Their interpretation is usually the most accurate. Many variations can occur in the structure of bones which can be misinterpreted as fractures unless rely on large amount of experience in interpretation.
Dr. Ketan Mody
Dr. Ketan Mody commented
Sports Medicine 18 years experience
Go with ortho opinion. Or get second one. Agree wirh previous answer
Apr 9, 2013
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Hand Surgery 35 years experience
There is a way via : This website to contact participants privately with direct questions in a secure fashion. Still there are xrays that may/maynot show a fracture that is/isnt there. Additional diagnostic images may be warranted if the clinical exam is not enough to confirm or reject that a factue has occured. Remember an xray is just one snapshot and is never perfect, it one piece of the puzzle in diagnosis.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Excellent response.
Jul 17, 2013

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