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MRI Left Hip Joint

This test is for
Male, Female
Test Preparation
  1. Pregnant women should inform their doctor (and x-ray technician) as the radiations may affect the fetus. If needed, precautions can be taken to lower the radiation exposure to the fetus.
  2. You may have to remove your jewelry and any metal objects which might interfere with the image.
  3. Depending on the area to be imaged, you may be asked to wear a hospital gown at the time of the scan.

Overview


What is MRI Left Hip Joint?

MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) Left Hip Joint is a safe imaging procedure to detect the sources of unexplained hip pain, leading to restricted movement and limping. These include tumors, infection in the hip joint, inflammation or degeneration of the tendons surrounding the hip joint, sports injuries, trauma, or suspected cancer.

The scan requires removing metal accessories from your body. Inform the radiologist if you are pregnant or have a pacemaker. Once ready, the radiologist asks you to lie on a table, which slides inside a circular-shaped MRI machine. It uses magnetic and radiofrequency waves to take multiple images of your left hip joint from different angles. Depending on the number of images needed, the duration can be 30-60 minutes. Consult an orthopedic to discuss the reports.

Why is MRI Left Hip Joint done?

  1. To diagnose any fracture of the bones that form the hip joint
  2. To look for signs or changes of osteoporosis, deformities or abnormal growth of the bones
  3. To diagnose any suspected hip dislocation and arthritis of this joint
  4. To diagnose infection of the bones (osteomyelitis) and the soft tissues (abscess)

Answers to Patient Concerns & Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about MRI Left Hip Joint


Frequently Asked Questions about MRI Left Hip Joint

Q. What are the drawbacks of a bone X-ray?
X-ray images give a very clear view of the bones. However, it does not provide a good visual image of the soft tissues like tendons, muscles or fat tissue under the skin. Even the bone microfractures or complicated spine injuries are not clearly visible on the X Ray images. Apart from this, it also exposes the patient to some amount of radiations but the benefit of the information gained from an X-ray image outweighs the risk of radiations.
Q. Who interprets the X-ray results?
The interpretation of an X-Ray image is carried out by a radiologist who analyses or reads the X-ray image and prepares a report of the findings which is shared with the patient.

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