What tests should I have?
If osteochondritis dissecans is suspected, your doctor will order X-rays to check all sides of the joint. If signs of osteochondritis dissecans are seen on X-rays of one joint, you'll have X-rays of the other joint to compare them. After this, you may have an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) or a CT (computerized tomography) done. These tests can show whether the loose piece is still in place or whether it has moved into the joint space.
Osteochondritis Dissecans: A Diagnosis Not to Miss by AL Hixon, M.D. and LM Gibbs, M.D. (American Family Physician January 01, 2000, http://www.aafp.org/afp/20000101/151.html)
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