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How are X-rays, CT scans, and other tests used to diagnose knee pain?

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Your doctor may do X-rays of your knee to look for fractures (broken bones) and dislocations of bones, as well as arthritis and abnormally large or small joint spaces. In rare cases, you may get a CT scan (a 3-dimensional X-ray) of the knee to precisely define a fracture or deformity. Both X-rays and CT scans are excellent for diagnosing fractures. But both aren't good at showing soft tissue structures of the knee, such as ligaments, tendons, and the menisci.

SOURCES: 

Bauman A. Runner's World. 2000.
Hart L. "Knee Pain." Woman's Day. 2001.
Lally S. "End Knee Pain Forever." Men's Health. 1990.
Levy AM, Fuerst ML. Sports Injury Handbook: Professional Advice for Amateur Athletes. New York: John Wiley & Sons; 1993.
Roberts DM, Stallard TC.  Emerg Med Clin North Am. Feb 2000.
Tintinalli JE, Kellen GD, Staphczynksi JS. Emergency Medicine: A Comprehensive Study Guide. McGraw-Hill; 2000.

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on May 16, 2019

SOURCES: 

Bauman A. Runner's World. 2000.
Hart L. "Knee Pain." Woman's Day. 2001.
Lally S. "End Knee Pain Forever." Men's Health. 1990.
Levy AM, Fuerst ML. Sports Injury Handbook: Professional Advice for Amateur Athletes. New York: John Wiley & Sons; 1993.
Roberts DM, Stallard TC.  Emerg Med Clin North Am. Feb 2000.
Tintinalli JE, Kellen GD, Staphczynksi JS. Emergency Medicine: A Comprehensive Study Guide. McGraw-Hill; 2000.

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on May 16, 2019

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