Information for Consumers - Scaphoid Fracture (Suspected)

This article tells you about suspected scaphoid fracture, including what imaging tests you may need to have.


What is a scaphoid fracture?

A scaphoid fracture is when the scaphoid bone, which is your wrist, breaks. Scaphoid fractures are usually caused by falling with your arm stretched out and onto your hand. Fractures are one cause of wrist pain.


Diagnosis

If your doctor thinks you may have a scaphoid fracture, he/she will usually request plain x-rays for diagnosis. If the x-rays are positive your doctor will start treatment. If the x-rays are negative, your doctor may request a CT scan, MRI scan, nuclear medicine bone scan or a repeat x-ray a week or so after the injury. This will help the doctor to decide what is causing your wrist pain and what type of treatment you need.


Results

A radiology doctor will look at your scans and write a report for your doctor.


Further information

For more detailed information, please access InsideRadiology at: www.insideradiology.com.au


This is a resource produced especially for consumers by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists: www.ranzcr.edu.au


A guide to gathering information that you may need for making informed decisions is published by the Consumers' Health Council of Australia at: www.chf.org.au


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Date reviewed: December 2013

Date of next review: November 2015