What do wrist x-rays look for? The wrist series examines the carpal bones (scaphoid, lunate, triquetrum, pisiform, trapezium, trapezoid, capitate and hamate), the radiocarpal joint and the distal radius and ulna.
What does a broken wrist look like X-ray? X-ray findings may include:
A lucent fracture line. This is usually in the waist of the bone. Widened joint spaces consistent with inter-carpal ligament tears. A step deformity in the cortex of the scaphoid bone due to a fracture.
What can an X-ray show for wrist pain? X-rays. This is the most commonly used test for wrist pain. Using a small amount of radiation, X-rays can reveal bone fractures or signs of osteoarthritis.
What color should healthy bones be on an X-ray? Dense bone absorbs much of the radiation while soft tissue (muscle, fat, and organs) allow more of the x-rays to pass through them. As a result, bones appear white on the x-ray, soft tissue shows up in shades of gray, and air appears black.