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Do x-rays help to see if I have gout?

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In brief: X-rays

Can help see damage caused by gout.

In brief: X-rays

Can help see damage caused by gout.
Dr. Alan Ettinger
Dr. Alan Ettinger
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In brief: Maybe

If your gout is chronic it can effect the bone and create gouty arthritis, if this occurs it will show up on x-ray.

In brief: Maybe

If your gout is chronic it can effect the bone and create gouty arthritis, if this occurs it will show up on x-ray.
Dr. Arnold Beresh
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Dr. Stephen Saponaro
Gout can damage the joint and xray exams are helpful at showing the damage. If the xray is normal and your pain remains unexplained, then mri is sometimes useful.
Dr. Timothy Mosher
Radiology
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In brief: Can be helpful

X-rays are particularly helpful in detecting changes in the bone that are caused by gout.
When present these are very specific and can confirm the diagnosis; however, bone changes occur relatively late in the disease. The early soft tissue inflammation of gout is very similiar to other causes of swelling such as infection or injury and is not specific.

In brief: Can be helpful

X-rays are particularly helpful in detecting changes in the bone that are caused by gout.
When present these are very specific and can confirm the diagnosis; however, bone changes occur relatively late in the disease. The early soft tissue inflammation of gout is very similiar to other causes of swelling such as infection or injury and is not specific.
Dr. Timothy Mosher
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