Elizabeth was sent to Digital Motion X-Ray of Minnesota by her chiropractor for further evaluation on her hand following a motor vehicle collision.

  • January 7, 2014

Elizabeth was sent to Digital Motion X-Ray of Minnesota by her chiropractor for further evaluation on her hand following a motor vehicle collision. Elizabeth had both xrays and a MRI on her wrist but everything came back unremarkable and normal.  Elizabeth’s chiropractor was convinced she had an injury that was not being detected and also wanted to rule out any kind of ligament damage.

When we first saw the Elizabeth, she had swelling in her hand and it was also very sensitive and painful to the touch. She said anytime she bumped it, moved it or when she did dishes, the pain would get worse and start to throb.

We positioned Elizabeth’s hand in the Digital Motion X-Ray and had her move it in many different directions. As she moved her wrist in a very particular, unique way, we saw a brief change in the bone of one her fingers.  It was confirmed by the medical radiologist that she actually had a fracture that had been missed during all other testing. It was apparent only in one specific position and with movement which caused the bones to separate and the fracture to be identified.

This is not uncommon because we don’t know where or when we will actually see the patient’s injuries. Digital Motion X-Ray actually takes 30 x-rays per second  because we don’t know when the injury will appear and we can’t just guess! Even better, with new technologies and computers, the radiation exposure during a DMX is the same as a standard set of 5-7 x-rays taken after most trauma cases(such as a car accident, work injury or slip and fall).

Note: An undiagnosed fracture can lead to avascular necrosis (AVN) which is when the bone actually dies from being detached for too long. If avascular necrosis involves the bones of a joint, it often leads to destruction of the joint articular surfaces.

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