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Can a stress fracture be seen on an x-ray?

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Dr. Chad Morse
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
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In brief: Not necessarily

Plain xrays may certainly miss a stress fracture.
Fractures can be surprisingly difficult to diagnose and depend on a lot of factors including the quality of the xray (angles, adequate number of views, adequate tissue penetration). Sometimes a more expensive test may be required (such as MRI or ct scan).

In brief: Not necessarily

Plain xrays may certainly miss a stress fracture.
Fractures can be surprisingly difficult to diagnose and depend on a lot of factors including the quality of the xray (angles, adequate number of views, adequate tissue penetration). Sometimes a more expensive test may be required (such as MRI or ct scan).
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