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How is a broken bone diagnosed?

Posted on April 8, 2015 9:42 am under Car Accidents

Some cases of fractures, especially compound fractures, are easy to detect due to protruding bone and the presence of a wound. A deformed portion of the body after a traumatic event could also be a tell-tale sign that you might be suffering from a bone fracture. In some cases, however, a broken bone might be left undetected and dismissed as something else, such as a sprain or a torn ligament.

As such, it is important to accurately detect a fracture to receive appropriate medical attention. Apart from examining your injury, fractures may also be detected in a variety of ways:

  • X-rays – Most fractures can be detected with X-rays. However, some broken bones, such as wrist, hip, and stress fractures, could not be detected by X-rays until a few days after the injurious event
  • Bone scan – Used for fractures not clearly seen on X-rays
  • Other imaging tests – These may include computerized tomography (CT) scan and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). These tests are used to assess the severity of the fracture and to check if other structures have been damaged

Broken bones sometimes result from a road-related accident that occurred through someone else’s negligence. To learn more about taking legal action against the offending party after being involved in a traumatic car accident in Appleton, consult with a lawyer at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® by calling (414) 271-0900 today.