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Jonathan Cluett, M.D.

I Already Have an MRI, Why Do I Need X-Rays?

By October 8, 2010

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Patients often show up in my office already having had some tests of an injured body part. Many times, I will recommend obtaining an x-ray, even if other imaging test have been done. Does an x-ray really help if an MRI is already done?

Many times, yes. An x-ray and an MRI provide different information. One test is not better, or more complete, than the other. They are simply different. And depending on what you are looking for, one test may be better suited to find the problem than the other.

Related: Do You Need an MRI? | Can I Have A MRI With A Metal Implant or Joint Replacement?

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