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Imaging the Thigh and Hip

Patients are placed in standardized positions or "views" which were developed to facilitate quick recognition of normal versus abnormal bone structure. In the case of radiographs of the hip, the most frequently used views are:

Radiographs are commonly used to evaluate hip fractures, bone lesions or arthritis. They are also the initial imaging modality of choice for evaluating a patient with hip pain, or evaluating a patient following trauma. Other imaging techniques which may be used for supplemental information include:

  • CT- can be helpful for complex fractures and dislocations
  • MRI- hip pain of unknown etiology, infection, tumor, joint space abnormalities and osteonecrosis
  • Arthrography- evaluates joint anatomy, particularly the acetabular labrum, articular cartilage and ligaments.