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How is a hand fracture typically diagnosed?
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Danielle Jones
Obstetrics & Gynecology
3 doctors agree
In brief: X-Rays
The most commonly used diagnostic tool for broken bones is an x-ray.

In brief: X-Rays
The most commonly used diagnostic tool for broken bones is an x-ray.
Danielle Jones
Danielle Jones
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Dr. Maritza Baez
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Xray
No way to tell for sure it's fractured without an xray. See a doctor.

In brief: Xray
No way to tell for sure it's fractured without an xray. See a doctor.
Dr. Maritza Baez
Dr. Maritza Baez
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Dr. Afraz Adam
Urgent Care
1 doctor agrees
In brief: X Rays
Clinical examination by a dr will raise suspicion of a fracture.
This is followed by X Rays which is still the first choice of imaging - however there are many elusive areas in the hand and wrist that do not show up easily on X Rays. A CT Scan may be needed to look at these bones if X Rays do not show any fracture yet suspicion remains that there could be a fracture due to symptoms

In brief: X Rays
Clinical examination by a dr will raise suspicion of a fracture.
This is followed by X Rays which is still the first choice of imaging - however there are many elusive areas in the hand and wrist that do not show up easily on X Rays. A CT Scan may be needed to look at these bones if X Rays do not show any fracture yet suspicion remains that there could be a fracture due to symptoms
Dr. Afraz Adam
Dr. Afraz Adam
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