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Why can't they do xrays instead of cts for broken bones?
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Dr. John Ayres
Orthopedic Surgery
6 doctors agree
In brief: They do
Plain films, also known as "x-rays", are the test of choice to evaluate someone for fractures or broken bones.
If the fracture is complicated, not well seen, or more detailed information is desired for some other reason, then the next line of choice is a ct scan which provides more accurate details.

In brief: They do
Plain films, also known as "x-rays", are the test of choice to evaluate someone for fractures or broken bones.
If the fracture is complicated, not well seen, or more detailed information is desired for some other reason, then the next line of choice is a ct scan which provides more accurate details.
Dr. John Ayres
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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Xray usually enough
X-ray generally should be adequate for diagnosing fractures.
If one experiences more pain than could be explained by xray, or if a pathological fracture is suspected (a fx caused by an underlying bone lesion such as a metastasis from a cancerous growth someplace else in the body), a ct or MRI scan may be indicated. That being said, i among many experts believe far too many r done. Ask.

In brief: Xray usually enough
X-ray generally should be adequate for diagnosing fractures.
If one experiences more pain than could be explained by xray, or if a pathological fracture is suspected (a fx caused by an underlying bone lesion such as a metastasis from a cancerous growth someplace else in the body), a ct or MRI scan may be indicated. That being said, i among many experts believe far too many r done. Ask.
Dr. Peter Kurzweil
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Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery
In brief: They can
Xrays can be done, it is just that ct scan is ordered sometimes because it is more sensitive and more accurate.
So we will order a ft scan if we feel we need it to improve a patient's care.

In brief: They can
Xrays can be done, it is just that ct scan is ordered sometimes because it is more sensitive and more accurate.
So we will order a ft scan if we feel we need it to improve a patient's care.
Dr. Edward Hellman
Dr. Edward Hellman
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