BATES, M.D. / CUSTOM MEDICAL STOCK PHOTO / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY BATES, M.D. / CUSTOM MEDICAL STOCK PHOTO / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Healing arm bone fracture, X-rays. This is a fracture of the radius, one of the two bones of the lower arm, seen from two different angles. The radius is the bone at right in the left-hand X-ray, and the ulna, the other lower arm bone, is at left. The break is clearly seen in both X-rays. X-rays are used to check that the bone has been realigned in the correct position, and to check that the bone is healing properly. A cast is used to keep the bone in the correct alignment as it heals. This X-ray was taken after 6.5 months of healing. Full healing, seen in M330/1768, takes around 9 months.
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