Tests and diagnosisBy Mayo Clinic staff
Besides physically examining your injury, your doctor may order the following:
- X-ray. An X-ray of your joint is used to confirm the dislocation and may reveal broken bones or other damage to your joint.
- MRI. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can help your doctor assess damage to the soft tissue structures around a dislocated joint.
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