How do you test for a bone fracture?
To diagnose a broken bone, your healthcare provider will examine the injury. You will also likely have one or more imaging tests. These tests can include:
- X-rays: This tool produces a two-dimensional picture of the break. Healthcare providers often turn to this imaging first.
- Bone scan: Healthcare providers use a bone scan to find fractures that don’t show up on an X-ray. This scan takes longer — usually two visits four hours apart — but it can help find some fractures.
- CT scan: A CT scan uses computers and X-rays to create detailed slices or cross-sections of the bone.
- MRI: A MRI creates very detailed images using strong magnetic fields. MRI is often used to diagnose a stress fracture.