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Distal Fracture – Testing

January 27, 2021


Fractures are typically diagnosed with x-rays. If you have an injury and a fracture is suspected and you go to the emergency room or urgent care center, they will typically perform x-rays right away. In most cases, the x-rays can identify if you’ve broken your distal radius or another wrist bone. And if treatment therefore is essential. Some fractures are not easily diagnosed with x-ray alone. If the mechanism of injury and the severity of symptoms and the physical examination all strongly suggest that the bone has been broken, but the x-rays are not conclusive in showing that fracture, further testing may be indicated. An MRI or a CT scan may be ordered and may help to confirm a diagnosis of a broken wrist, distal radius, fracture, scaphoid fracture, or a dislocation.

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