i would have to agree with everyone. an X ray shows one thing VERY very clearly, bones, and any real changes within them. there are specific types of coloring changes and the way the bones curve and whats going on within those joints that really would show whether you do or do not have something like arthritis. with what you have going on with those hands/wrists right now brian, this would be a really good and cheap type of test just to have done at this point. it could be making the problems with CT much more profound too if you indeed do have it. marcia
11-20-01,placement of hardware for failed fusion
9-22-03,removal of cavernous hemangioma that was inside spinal cord. Neuro damage to L hand L leg and R leg.
One caveat here: When I was first diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis I was experiencing very severe, mirror-image pain in my feet, hands and fingers. The xray that was taken didn't really show ANY defects whatsoever. The rheumy told me that if she were to just look at the xray without any of the clinical findings, she would probably have given me a clean bill of health. The same caution when it comes to the antigen blood work/tests. My blood tests were negative for rheum. arthritis for the first 8 months. Then it showed up. Of course, I think this only applies to rheum arthritis and not osteo. So, sometimes the films can be quite unremarkable at the beginning of the disease process. Just my own personal experience. BBones