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MUSCULOSKELETAL DISORDERS >> Test >> CT & MRI

Computed tomography (CT) give much more detail than conventional x-rays and may be performed to determine the extent and exact location of damage. These tests can also be used to detect fractures that are not visible on x-rays. MRI is especially valuable for imaging muscles, ligaments, and tendons. MRI can be used if the cause of pain is thought to be a severe soft-tissue problem (for example, rupture of a major ligament or tendon or damage to important structures inside the knee joint). CT best images the bone; however, sometimes MRI is better than CT for imaging bone. The amount of time a person spends undergoing CT is much less than for MRI. MRI is more expensive than CT and, with the exception of when the open-sided units are used, many people feel claustrophobic inside the MRI unit.

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