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Can A Fracture Be Missed On Xray
Tail bone : Depends how big it is and the experience of the Doctor looking at those X-rays, some times one gets an entirely different interpretation from the treating Doctor from that from the radiologist. If there is any ?'ask for it to be read again . ...Read more
A fracture is a broken bone. As there is cartilage at the end of many bones at the joint, a fracture may also include a break in the cartilage. Fractures and broken bones are the same thing. It seems that many believe that a "fracture" is a lesser injury or an incomplete break in the bone, but this is not correct. Fractures may be displaced or ...Read more
Can a healed stress fracture be diagnosed as more serious fracture on X-ray when a healed fracture is found?
They are same: A stress fracture is just a type fracture. Only difference is it occurs with chronic repetitive stress instead of a single episode of trauma. They both heal the same. Bony callous will form. If the stress continues, the area can refracture, and more callous will form. Therefore, a stress fracture is just as serious, especially if you have not identified cause. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not necessarily: Plain xrays may certainly miss a stress fracture. Fractures can be surprisingly difficult to diagnose and depend on a lot of factors including the quality of the xray (angles, adequate number of views, adequate tissue penetration). Sometimes a more expensive test may be required (such as MRI or ct scan). ...Read more
Somewhat likely : A Jones Fracture of the 5th metatarsal of your foot will frequently show up on x-Ray but not always. If your provider finds that you are tender over the 5th metatarsal but nothing shows up on x-Ray, an MRI can be ordered to look at the bone in more detail to find a subtle stress fracture or stress reaction (beginnings of a stress fracture). ...Read more
Eva;: If you have incurred trauma to your wrist with pain - that is a possibility. Without trauma - you could have a cyst, arthritis or other causes. The only way to accurately determine if you have sustained a wrist fracture is through medical evaluation and often an x-ray is indicated. ...Read more
Possibly: Although the body's ability to heal & remodel a broken bone is amazing (especially in an infant) evidence of an old fracture may show on radiograph (x-ray) especially if the fracture fragments are not in perfect alignment. Thus the bone should be x-rayed, aligned, & cast/braced by orthopedic surgeon to prevent deformity or decreased function. ...Read more
When would a stress fracture show up on an x-ray? If nothing in 6 weeks coukd it be tendons more than a toe stress fracture?
Once the injury : Occurs a fracture can be seen. If it is a stress fracture it may be hard to see it or the fracture line so small. As the bone shows signs of healing that is when one would see radiographic changes. Typically if suspected serial views would be taken and comparisons of films made. If the patient has pain i would treat it. Could consider an MRI as well. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Sometimes: Most fractures can be identified on bone scan 24-48 hrs after incident.If patient is very demineralized the fracture may not be identified unless images are performed beyond 3 hours after injection. In a child if fractue is adjacent to very active growth plate, the fracture may not be appreciated.Fractures in the skull are not usually seen. If fracture is 5 ot 6 months old fracture may be healed. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Had a CT scan on wrist showed no fracture. But could it miss a avalsion fracture. Which is basically a chipped bone, what to do?
See hand specialist: Ct scan is very good at identifying certain fractures in the wrist, depending on how fine the cuts are. A small chipped bone is not of much concern unless it is associated with a ligament injury. A hand specialist is the best person to evaluate you for a ligament injury. Sometimes additional tests - MRI and/or arthrogram - are necessary, and some injuries benefit from early surgcial intervention. ...Read more
Sure is: Fractures in the hand can be subtle. Generally 3 views of the hand are needed to accurately assess the presence or absence of a fracture. Some fractures that are not displaced might only become apparent on xray after 7-10 days. Features of hand fractures include swelling, deformity, and point tenderness. If a question exists, see a hand surgeon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How can you tell if you have a cavity on a x ray, and can dental x rays cause shadows on a tooth, if it is not done right?
Looks dark: Viewing dental x-rays, we look for darkness on film meaning less dense tooth. In between teeth, we look for a break in the enamel shell. We also look for other abnormalities on these films including bone loss, radiolucencies in jaw bone, impacted teeth, etc. It would be difficult to alter specific locations on films. The film would be too dark or light. So, no. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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How soon can I walk on a broken non-displaced 5th metatarsal (could be jones fracture but not sure x-ray looks close to what pictures show for jones)?
6 weeks: it depends what part of your fifth metatarsal was broken and if it is displaced. Some areas and types of fractures take longer than others to heal, like a jones fracture. Make sure you follow your doctor's directions so it heals properly. Usually those fifth metatarsal fractures have to be immobilized in a boot. They take about 6 to 8 weeks to heal. And sometimes they have to be operated on. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it broken or fractured is a question I am often asked. The answer is basically that a broken or fractured bone is the same thing. A fracture means a break in the cortex or the strong layer of outer bone cells. In an adult the average time for that to heal varies greatly but is often considered to ...Read more
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