8 doctors weighed in:

Can spine X-ray diagnose small fractures? Or do you need to get CT or MRI anyway and skip x-ray? .

8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Anthony Filly
Radiology
5 doctors agree

In brief: They can

Find small fractures but ct is much more sensitive and accurate.
Interestingly fractures can be very difficult to see on MRI but the MRI can offer a lot of other types of information.

In brief: They can

Find small fractures but ct is much more sensitive and accurate.
Interestingly fractures can be very difficult to see on MRI but the MRI can offer a lot of other types of information.
Dr. Anthony Filly
Dr. Anthony Filly
Thank
Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Sometimes

Small fractures may be difficult to see on plain radiographs particularly in the posterior parts of vertebrae, but good screening test for major problems ct exam is reasonable to visualize spine in multiple planes, transaxial, coronal , and sagittal.
Resolution is greater. Somtimes subtle fractures can only be detected by bone scintigraphy especially slight compressions of vertebral bodies.

In brief: Sometimes

Small fractures may be difficult to see on plain radiographs particularly in the posterior parts of vertebrae, but good screening test for major problems ct exam is reasonable to visualize spine in multiple planes, transaxial, coronal , and sagittal.
Resolution is greater. Somtimes subtle fractures can only be detected by bone scintigraphy especially slight compressions of vertebral bodies.
Dr. Gerald Mandell
Dr. Gerald Mandell
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Adam Smith
Board Certified,
15 years in practice
438K people helped
Continue
111,000 doctors available