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Most splinters that are visible do not require any tests. For deeply embedded splinters, ultrasound, CT scan, or MRI (special types of imaging studies that provide better visualization of soft tissues) may be needed. Very large splinters may also require a CT scan or MRI if there is a possibility the splinter may have penetrated a bone, tendon, or a vital area. X-rays may aid in locating metallic splinters and occasionally glass as well.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/14/2014
Clifford Spanierman, MD
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