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

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Dr. Grant Linnell
Radiology
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In brief: Yes

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

In brief: Yes

Plain x-rays are very good at looking for fractures, however, a hairline, nondisplaced fracture could be missed on an x-ray.
Dr. Grant Linnell
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
This is very good advice, and a common situation. The history and physical exam is perhaps still the best.
Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine

In brief: Yes quite common

Non displaced linear fractures are very difficult to visualize on radiographs even when special views (obliques) are obtained as part of examination.
When fracture fragments of rib are separated or offset fracture easier to detect. If fracture is in healing phase and callus or new bone is forming causing area of fracture to become larger and more obvious, fracture much easier to visualize.

In brief: Yes quite common

Non displaced linear fractures are very difficult to visualize on radiographs even when special views (obliques) are obtained as part of examination.
When fracture fragments of rib are separated or offset fracture easier to detect. If fracture is in healing phase and callus or new bone is forming causing area of fracture to become larger and more obvious, fracture much easier to visualize.
Dr. Gerald Mandell
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