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Does the knee cartilage show up in a x-ray?

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Dr. Shivajee Nallamothu
General Practice
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In brief: No

The x-ray only shows the bone but they can give you information about how much surface cartilage is present by looking at the space between the bones.
To see cartilage in more detail, an MRI is needed. The meniscus cartilage on the other hand can only be seen on mri.

In brief: No

The x-ray only shows the bone but they can give you information about how much surface cartilage is present by looking at the space between the bones.
To see cartilage in more detail, an MRI is needed. The meniscus cartilage on the other hand can only be seen on mri.
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Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine

In brief: No

Thr empty space between bones is how thick the cartilage is.

In brief: No

Thr empty space between bones is how thick the cartilage is.
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