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    What does an X-ray of the knee show?

    Posted by Ravi Sohal on Mon, Apr 26, 2010

    xray kneeX-rays are frequently used to evalaute the bones of the knee (you can read more about X-rays here). If you've injured your knee or have chronic knee pain, your doctor will probably order an X-ray.  On your doctor's order for the X-ray you might see:

    "r/o fracture" - a fracture is a break in the bone.

    "r/o DJD"- DJD short for degnerative joint disease. Your doctor is looking for joint narrowing, bone spurs and fluid on the knee.

    (FYI - "r/o" is short for "rule out")

    An X-ray of the knee will evaluate:


    A knee X-ray will include parts of the lower femur, upper tibia, upper fibula and the patella. The knee X-ray can detect bone fractures, cysts, tumors, infection and dislocations. An X-ray can also determine the extent of arthritis and assist in pre-operative planning. X-rays are frequently done to evaluate knee replacement hardware as well.

    Soft Tissues

    This refers to the muscles and tissues around your knee. A knee X-ray scan will show parts of the thigh muscles and muscles of the upper calf area. The X-ray can see foreign bodies (for example metal) that are in the skin or large tumors and joint effusions.

    Your Knee X-ray

    A knee X-ray generally takes about 5 to 10 minutes or so to complete. If you are going for one, wear loose comfortable pants or shorts. If you're uninsured expect to pay between $75-$250 for an x-ray. Prices vary depending on location and number of images taken.

    Have you had a Knee Xray? What was it like? Please leave your comments below.



    I was in a car accident in october. I had exrays of my knee's which really didn't show anything.I have pain which has gotten worse. i went for more exrays in february and still did not find anything?? I never had pain in my knee's until this accident. Should I get a different test. i have no insurance, and little funds. The pain is so bad at times it's unberable. I live in Elmwood park Il.

    posted @ Saturday, May 08, 2010 5:34 PM by Celia Smith

    I had knee x-rays done to diagnose a Baker's cyst on the back of my knee. The radiologist's report stated that it couldn't be determined due to, basically, my obese body! How is this even possible?

    posted @ Monday, May 02, 2011 9:57 PM by Karen Baker

    An xray rarely detects a baker's cyst. The correct test would either be an Ultrasound or MRI.

    posted @ Tuesday, May 03, 2011 11:57 AM by Ravi Sohal

    my husband had mri w/dye injection then two weeks later had heart cath w/ dye injection the two weeks had a bubble test done w/dye injection then a month later he had pfo by vain all dye's were done by vain in leg now he is itching real bad breaks out in blisters and rash on hands and arms the dr's office said it would go away it has been two months and is still bad what can he do.

    posted @ Thursday, October 06, 2011 9:54 PM by dorothy dickey

    my left knee has been hurting since july 2011. to the point of not being able to walk or climb stairs and put the weight on that leg. i had a mri of left knee. there is no medial or lateral meniscal tear. there is a subchondral osteophyte within the anteromedial femoral condyle. also within the anteromedial femoral condyle there is a subchondral focus of linear and nodular signal abnormality, which could represent degenerative cyst or vessel. no other pathologic marrow signal is identified.  
    there is a small focus of heterogeneous T1 and T2 signal within Hoffa's fat-pad laterally, 
    with central low T1 and T2 signal and surrounding intermediate T1 and T2 signal, respectively. This could represent a small focus of nospecific fibrous tissue with surrounding fluid.  
    Trace joint fluid is seen. Impressio: Mild Osteoarthritis involving the anteromedial femoral condlye as described. 
    2. probable nonspecific fibrous tissue within the Hoffa's fat pad laterally. 
    my question what does this all mean.and what can i do to get relief. i do have a lot of osteoarthritis in spine and degenerative disc.  
    I will be very anxious to hear from you.

    posted @ Wednesday, December 28, 2011 10:32 AM by charlotte childers

    Osteoarthritis is from stresses placed on the spine. Also resulting from trama or surgery performed on or near a joint. It is also known as a wear and tear arthritis. The more you can do to keep your joints moving, the better. I'm a chiropractor and we see tons of osteoarthritis and degenerative disc disease. Joints do need oxygen so exercise can circulate the proper blood flow needed for oxygen to the joints. Disc however don't have blood. They tend to be affecting by smokers leaching oxygen from the disc. Chiropractors help with these conditions all the time! Good luck!

    posted @ Monday, November 11, 2013 11:20 AM by Dr. Jon Pinkston

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