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How to diagnose stress fracture?

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Dr. Kenneth Tepper
Orthopedic Surgery
5 doctors agree

In brief: Xray

An xray may show a fracture.
If not, and there is a high clinical suspicion, an MRI or nuclear bone scan can be helpful.

In brief: Xray

An xray may show a fracture.
If not, and there is a high clinical suspicion, an MRI or nuclear bone scan can be helpful.
Dr. Kenneth Tepper
Dr. Kenneth Tepper
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Dr. Brian Wosnitzer
Nuclear Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Bone scan

Bone scan can show stress fracture before it is seen on x-ray.

In brief: Bone scan

Bone scan can show stress fracture before it is seen on x-ray.
Dr. Brian Wosnitzer
Dr. Brian Wosnitzer
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In brief: H+P FIRST

A good H+P to start.
Then x-rays. If negative, bone scan or MRI? The latter has at least equal sensitivity to the scan, and has higher specificity. But, it costs more; might have insurance approval problems.

In brief: H+P FIRST

A good H+P to start.
Then x-rays. If negative, bone scan or MRI? The latter has at least equal sensitivity to the scan, and has higher specificity. But, it costs more; might have insurance approval problems.
Dr. Darrell Latva
Dr. Darrell Latva
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