What To Think About
- Your X-ray results may be different from earlier test results because you were tested at a different medical center or you had a different kind of test.
- Extremity X-rays do not give a clear picture of soft tissue, such as cartilage, tendons, or ligaments. A Reference computed tomography (CT) scan Opens New Window or Reference magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) Opens New Window may be needed to check the condition of these soft tissues. For more information, see the topics Reference Computed Tomography (CT) Scan of the Body and Reference Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).
- Fractures or other bone problems are not always seen on an X-ray. In these cases, other tests such as a Reference bone scan Opens New Window, CT scan, or MRI may be needed to give a clearer picture. For more information, see the topic Reference Bone Scan.
- Not all injuries to the arms or legs need X-rays. An X-ray may not be done if the doctor believes that the results would not change or affect the treatment and follow-up care.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference April 24, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Howard Schaff, MD - Diagnostic Radiology