After asking about pain, the doctor will examine your child’s joint. We may take a radiograph. This helps us see if the joint surface appears rough or if a fragment of bone seems to be separating.
We may ask your child to have an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan. This lets us look at the cartilage on the surface of the joint and check for fluid between the bone and cartilage. Both can slow healing.
The doctor also may ask for a bone scan to see whether your child’s body is trying to heal the osteochondritis dissecans.
All of these imaging tests can help doctors, patients and their families decide on the best treatment.