4 doctors weighed in:

Can a ligament tear be noticed on an X-ray or an mri?

4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: MRI will show best

X-rays are best suited for revealing bony abnormalities, whereas MRI is best for imaging soft tissue injury.

In brief: MRI will show best

X-rays are best suited for revealing bony abnormalities, whereas MRI is best for imaging soft tissue injury.
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Thank
Dr. Bryan Reuss
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: MRI

Ligaments can only be seen on an mri.
Xrays are only able to show bones and the relationships between the bones.

In brief: MRI

Ligaments can only be seen on an mri.
Xrays are only able to show bones and the relationships between the bones.
Dr. Bryan Reuss
Dr. Bryan Reuss
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. William Forsythe
Board Certified, Emergency Medicine
24 years in practice
171K people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors