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Test Details
Test Code:RA0142
Test Name:Hip Joints
Test Details & Preparation
A hip X-ray is a safe and painless test that uses a small amount of radiation to make images of the hip joints. During the examination, an X-ray machine sends a beam of radiation through the pelvic bones and hip joints, and an image is recorded on a computer or special film. This image shows the soft tissues and the bones of the pelvis and hip joints.

The X-ray image is black and white. Dense body parts that block the passage of the X-ray beam through the body, such as bones, appear white on the X-ray image. Softer body tissues, such as the skin and muscles, allow the X-ray beams to pass through them and appear darker.

An X-ray technician takes two different pictures: one from the front (anteroposterior view or AP), and one from the side (lateral view, also known as the frog leg lateral view). Typically, X-rays of both hips are taken for comparison, even if only one hip is causing symptoms.

A hip X-ray can help find the cause of common signs and symptoms, such as limping, pain, tenderness, swelling, or deformity in the hip area. It can detect broken bones or a dislocated joint. If hip surgery is required, an X-ray may be taken to plan for the surgery and, later, to see the results of the operation.

Also, a hip X-ray can help to detect bone cysts, tumours, infection of the hip joint, or other diseases in the bones of the hips.

A hip X-ray doesn't require any special preparation. You may be asked to remove some clothing, jewellery, or any metal objects that might interfere with the image. X-rays are usually avoided during pregnancy because there's a small chance the radiation may harm the developing baby.

The X-rays will be looked at by a radiologist (a doctor who's specially trained in reading and interpreting X-ray images). The radiologist will send a report to your doctor, who will discuss the results with you and explain what they mean.

In an emergency, the results of an X-ray can be available quickly. Otherwise, results are usually ready in 1-2 days. In most cases, results can't be given directly to the patient or family at the time of the test.
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