Dr. Mullis explains how a pelvic fracture is diagnosed.
The diagnosis starts with a history and then a physical exam, and then the first test is usually an x-ray, at least the first test by an orthopedic surgeon looking for a fracture.
Many times in addition to an x-ray, we will get something called a CT scan, or a computed tomography scan, and that’s just a higher resolution study looking at the bones of the pelvis that you can’t see as well with just an x-ray itself.
About Dr. Mullis, M.D.:
Dr. Brian Mullis, M.D., is the Chief of Orthopaedic Trauma Service and Assistant Professor of Clinical Orthopaedics in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Indiana University School of Medicine. He has a special clinical interest in orthopaedic trauma and post-traumatic complications with a focus on pelvis and acetabulum fractures, peri-articular fractures of both upper and lower extremity, bone healing, nonunions, malunions, deformity and post-traumatic infections.
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