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Knee cartilage inflammation
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Knee cartilage inflammation

Does an x-ray show inflammation of knee cartilage? Or can a doctor infer this based on an x-ray alone?
Is it possible to have inflammation without damage to the cartilage?
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Xrays do not show inflammation. They may show the reslts of inflammation, such as arthritic changes, but not the inflammation itself.  Inflammation is usually diagnosed on a clinical basis, from history, pthe presence of swelling, redness, warmth and/or pain.
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