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I have heard a YES and a NO to the ability of inflammation being seen on an X-Ray.  Hopefully you can clear this up and what might they be seeing that makes them think it represents inflammation (in the event it is not detectable)?  Thank you!

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Hello, Debbie.

X-rays are better to visualize cortical (hard) bone and bony disease. Joint inflammation (arthritis) DOES show up on x-ray images. Inflammation of the soft tissue (muscle, vascular, bony marrow or fatty tissue is better seen with MRI.

Hope this helps,

Delia

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Delia White

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Please do not ask me to diagnose or interpret images. I am not qualified to do so. I will reject all questions asking for my interpretation of images. I am the photographer, not the physician. I cannot "read" x-rays. Please consult a physician for that information. I can tell you what to expect during most MRI, CT and X-ray procedures.

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I now have more than 30 years experience in diagnostic imaging. My specialty is MRI. I am also very familiar with CT and the way we used to take x-rays (everything's digital now)!

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I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Radiologic Technology and am registered as an X-ray, CT and MRI Technologist.

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