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9/13/23 would a head x-ray show a skull fracture and the plate and screws used to fix it 18 years ago? do skull bones grow back together? with a plate and screws in your skull, is it more dangerous to have a head x-ray, head ct or head mri?

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An xray would show a healed skull fracture and the plate and screws, if they were not ever removed. Fractured skull bones can heal and grow back together, With a plate and screws, it is safe to have a regular xray and also a CT but the CT can have pictures that are distored because of the plate and screws. It possibly could be a problem with an MRI but that would be decided by the radiologist.

Answered 9/14/2023

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Yes, a standard skull X-ray will demonstrate the prior trauma site, the instrumentation used, and any healing over the years. The metal, if of ferrous origin and magnetic, might prohibit an MRI but not a CAT scan. The metal may distort some of the images.

Answered 9/20/2023

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