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Doctor insights on: Xrays Of Broken Ribs

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Is it necessary to have xray for a broken rib?

Is it necessary to have xray for a broken rib?

No.: Not necessary, but if your symptoms persist or you feel short of breath, you may benefit from an xray. ...Read more

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Why would they take a rib x-ray on expiration ?

Why would they take a rib x-ray on expiration ?

Pneumothorax: They are are also checking for a collapsed lung or pneumothorax. These are better visualized on a full expiration b/c the lung is deflated. ...Read more

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Could smoke show up on a chest/rib x-ray?

Could smoke show up on a chest/rib x-ray?

No: If you are smoking, the smoke is invisible to X-rays. If you damage you lungs by smoking and get emphysema then it can often be seen. ...Read more

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Can an X-ray determine the cause of broken ribs.

Can an X-ray determine the cause of broken ribs.

Yes: Coupled with medical history, one can possibly determine if this fracture pathological in nature or secondary to an injury. ...Read more

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Can an X-ray determine if ribs were broken by squeezing. ?

Yes: An x ray of your ribs will determine if your ribs are broken or not. The x ray will not tell you why they were broken. ...Read more

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Hi I had hit the side of my rib really hard last week and now it's swollen and hurts when I touch it should i get and x ray?

Hi I had hit the side of my rib really hard last week and now it's swollen and hurts when I touch it should i get and x ray?

Probably not: a non displaced or mildly displaced rib fracture without complication (pneumothorax, hemothorax, pulmonary contusion ) is not worth diagnosing. You will live with the same rib fracture pain for 6 weeks whether or not it is confirmed by radiography. Any worsening shortness of breath, go to the ED directly. That could indicate increase pneumothorax or bleeding into pleural space. ...Read more

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Was looking straight on at my tspine xray and notice I have many ribs that are very uneven in alignment. Could this be symptomatic or common finding?

Was looking straight on at my tspine xray and notice I have many ribs that are very uneven in alignment. Could this be symptomatic or common finding?

It depends.: The appearance on x-ray is highly variable depending upon the angle the x-ray was taken at as well as your body position at the time. Unless you have had trauma or have a congenital anomaly, it is unlikely to be more then artifact. Radiologists are well trained in deciphering this issue and they're read of the x-ray will be the most important factor in interpretation. ...Read more

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Left bottom front rib juts out + feels much thicker. Awaiting xray results but any ideas meanwhile?Uncomfortable lying on side. Had 1 month, no injury

Left bottom front rib juts out + feels much thicker. Awaiting xray results but any ideas meanwhile?Uncomfortable lying on side. Had 1 month, no injury

Bone growth, or mechanical: Could be a bone growth under rib. That is unusual. Mechanical function of the rib cage can cause a change in position of the ribs. Could be a long-standing problem that is now showing up involving A change in how the rib cage or spine is working. X-ray results should be helpful in diagnosing it. ...Read more

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I am 63 yrs old female. Last summer I fell and thought I hurt my ribs.When I fell I curled up and kind of rolled. Xray showed ribs were ok. Pain has ?

I am 63 yrs old female. Last summer I fell and thought I hurt my ribs.When I fell I curled up and kind of rolled.  Xray showed ribs were ok. Pain has ?

I assume: although your question was interrupted that you still have rib pain?? At any rate sometimes a rib fracture is not immediately apparent on plain x ray films! A repeat rib film is indicated (or a CT scan) ...Read more

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Went to the dr had a xray didn't see anything said come back in 2 weeks if I still have pain on my right side underneath my ribs It hurts all the time?

Went to the dr had a xray didn't see anything said come back in 2 weeks if I still have pain on my right side underneath my ribs It hurts all the time?

Hard to say; investi: It's hard to say from the short introduction what the problem could be. If the symptom (pain) is disabling or keeps you from doing usual activities, you could use further investigation. Rib sprain/bruise (from trauma), liver problems, and other problems can arise. Did you get an X-ray for the ribs (not just chest)? Consider HealthTap Prime if you don't have a doctor to talk to. Good luck, and thanks for asking HT. ...Read more

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Can still have a crack rib and have it not show up on an x-ray?

Yes: Plain x-rays are very good at looking for fractures, however, a hairline, nondisplaced fracture could be missed on an x-ray. ...Read more

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I have a hard, fixed mass under left rib cage. No pain, doesn't show on x-ray...?

I have a hard, fixed mass under left rib cage. No pain, doesn't show on x-ray...?

Cont to follow: You need to continue to f/up with your DR concerning this. It is impossible to give you reassurance about this without an exam ...Read more