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Can A Hairline Fracture Be Missed On An X Ray
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
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
Depends: Sometimes these are not clearly visible depending on the direction the x-rays travel.There are also curious lines that represent nutrient arteries that pass within and through the bone. The best films in smaller kids are taken from several directions and examined closely. A fracture that does not cause an angulation or separate some area of bone may be missed initially. ...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
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
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
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
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
Sometimes: I assume you are referring to a primary tumor of the bone rather than a tumor that has spread to the bone from another site. It depends on they specific type of bone tumor, the involved bone and the size of the tumor. Sometimes special scans such as a ct or MRI scan are needed to detect a bone tumor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
This would require: History, physical examination ; x-rays to properly diagnose. ...Read more
An: Acute X-rays could be negative, after a few weeks typically positive. An xray likely would show a fracture if it occurred months ago and did not heal. However an MRI would likely have also showed a fracture at the time of injury, A negative MRI means likely did not have a fracture. BUT false negative DO exist. No imaging test is foolproof but lets say its highly unlikely with a negative MRI ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
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