Hip series

Andrew Murphy et al.

The hip series is comprised of an anteroposterior (AP) and lateral radiograph of the hip joint. The series is requested for a myriad of reasons from trauma to atraumatic hip pain.

Indications

Hip radiographs are performed for a variety of indications including 1-3

  • trauma
  • hip pain
  • abnormal gait
  • inability to weight bear
  • arthropathy 
  • knee pain

Projections

Standard projections
  • AP view
    • demonstrates the hip joint in the AP plane, with the limb internally rotated so the neck of the femur is in profile
    • often only performed in follow up studies
  • lateral view
    • standard rolled lateral view demonstrating the femoral neck and acetabular rim can only be performed on non-trauma patients 
Modified trauma projections
  • horizontal beam lateral view
    • lateral projection demonstrating the neck of the femur without movement of the affected limb 
    • can only be conducted on unilateral hip trauma
  • clements-nakayama view
    • lateral projection demonstrating the neck of the femur without movement of the either limb 
    • the ideal projection for bilateral hip or femur trauma
Additional projections

 

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