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Home > Health Library > X-Ray of Rheumatoid Arthritis in the Hands
Figure 1 courtesy of Intermountain Medical Imaging, Boise, Idaho. Figure 2 courtesy of Paul Traughber, M.D., Boise, Idaho.
The X-ray on the left shows a normal hand.
The X-ray on the right shows a hand with advanced rheumatoid arthritis. "Bone erosion" means cartilage and bone are worn away. "Bone displacement" means that a bone has moved out of its normal position. This X-ray shows how bone erosion and bone displacement can change the shape of the hand.
Current as of:
April 30, 2021
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Anne C. Poinier MD - Internal MedicineMartin J. Gabica MD - Family MedicineKathleen Romito MD - Family MedicineNancy Ann Shadick MD, MPH - Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Current as of: April 30, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Anne C. Poinier MD - Internal Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Nancy Ann Shadick MD, MPH - Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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