X-ray of hip pain

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Author: Mikael Häggström [notes 1]

This article focuses on long-term hip-pain rather than fractures (see X-ray of fractures).


Choice of investigation

Projectional radiography ("X-ray") of hip pain is the first imaging technique of choice, not only in older people with suspected osteoarthritis but also in young people without any such suspicion. In this case plain radiography allows categorization of normal anatomy versus hip dysplasia, or with impingement signs, pincer, cam, or a combination of both.[1]

Also consider the possibility of inguinal hernia.

It is performed as an X-ray of the hip joint.


The main focus is on the joint, but also includes an overview of the projected pelvic bones and femur.

Potential findings in adults

Potential findings in children


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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Initially largely copied from: Ruiz Santiago, Fernando; Santiago Chinchilla, Alicia; Ansari, Afshin; Guzmán Álvarez, Luis; Castellano García, Maria del Mar; Martínez Martínez, Alberto; Tercedor Sánchez, Juan (2016). "Imaging of Hip Pain: From Radiography to Cross-Sectional Imaging Techniques ". Radiology Research and Practice 2016: 1–15. doi:10.1155/2016/6369237. ISSN 2090-1941.  Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license