A 53-year-old female asked:
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i sprained my ankle 6 weeks ago. x-rays taken, no fractures. the outside is swollen by bone, how can i tell if its fluid or swelling for sure?

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Dr. Gerald Mandell
52 years experience Nuclear Medicine
Ultrasound: Musculoskeletal ultrasound is being used more often for detecting soft tissue abnormalities such as tendon tears, joint effusions, and cellulitis. Ultrasound would show fluid in tendon sheaths and joint vs subcutaneous soft tissue swelling. Radiographs show better abnormalities affecting bones such as fracture, tumor, and bone infection.
Answered on May 6, 2020
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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
49 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
MRI: If you want to know it is free fluids or swelling of the tissue, MRI is the best test for that.
Answered on Jun 10, 2014
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Dr. Payam Rafat
22 years experience Podiatry
Swelling is fluid: The swelling results form the accumulation of fluid in the area. An MRI can show soft tissue swelling and soft tissue injuries.
Answered on Aug 21, 2018

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