The diagnosis of a broken bone in your hand or wrist generally includes a physical exam of the affected hand and X-rays.
Other imaging tests
Sometimes, other imaging tests can give your doctor more detail. They are:
- CT scan. Can uncover fractures that X-rays miss. Injuries to soft tissues and blood vessels can be seen on CT scans. This technology takes X-rays from a variety of angles and combines them to depict cross-sectional slices of your body’s internal structures
- MRI. Using radio waves and a powerful magnet to produce detailed images of bone and soft tissues, MRIs are much more sensitive than X-rays and can identify very small fractures and ligament injuries