Originally Posted by owie
what will an x-ray show that A MRI won't Show?
Hi: An MRI/Cat Scan will always show more than x-rays. If you are looking for fractures, disc problems, nerve problems, stenosis, etc will show up better that an x-ray. I've had many fractures and other problems with nerves, and the above, and it wasn't until I had an MRI/Cat scan that they got a better picture of what's going on. If you have alot of scar tissue it can hinder the picture on an x-ray. I don't know if this applies to all because I have so many problems, but that has been my experience where more shows up on an MRI than an x-ray. Ask your dr this question and see if they agree. It all depends on the severity of what's going on in your body. And tggibo is correct on what x-rays do. A Myelogram can give specific info after they insert the dye, also EMG's can isolate nerve problems.
If your dr thinks an x-ray is sufficient than go with that, but keep in mind that some things can be missed. My fractues never showed up on x-rays in my back, but it seems to work well with fractures of "other" parts of the body. In the end you need to figure out what's best for you and what you're trying to figure out.