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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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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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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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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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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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