Purported Paul George X-ray possibly 18 months old

One day after Indiana Pacers star Paul George broke his right leg during a USA Basketball Showcase scrimmage, NBA Central tweeted this photo of what it said was an X-ray of George’s leg.

As I write this post, that image has been retweeted more than 15,000 times.

It looks extremely similar to this image I found (through this page on imgfave) that was taken on February 27, 2013 and posted on Flickr in a group called Nasty XRAY.

img076 by Roentgen1865, all rights reserved

For what it’s worth, I also spotted a version of what appears to be the same image in this April 2013 blog post by artist Ralph Henry.

I can’t say with certainty that these are the same images. It’s  possible that these types of injuries always produce strikingly similar X-ray images.

Kudos to the RTV6 in Indianapolis for noting that people on Twitter pointed out the similarity between the image tweeted by NBA Central to this one shared on April 1, 2013 by Dr. Sanjay Gupta after Kevin Ware experienced a similar injury.