Do x-rays show wearing down of cartilage due to arthritis?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Cartilage does not show up on x-rays. X-rays do show changes in the space between bones, such as in the knee joint, if cartilage is worn away by arthritis. This video gives more information on the knee and arthritis.

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Arthritis Diagnosis

Arthritis Diagnosis

Doctors diagnose arthritis with a medical history and physical exam to check for joint inflammation and deformity. Your doctor may also order lab work like blood, urine and joint fluid tests. X-rays are commonly used to check for ...

cartilage loss in the affected joints, narrowing of the space between bones and the existence of nodules. Following the initial diagnosis, x-rays are also used to mark your arthritis progression.

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