Hip x-ray (summary)

Last revised by Craig Hacking on 2 Apr 2018
This is a basic article for medical students and other non-radiologists

A hip x-ray, also known as a hip series or hip radiograph, is a pelvis x-ray with an additional lateral view of the specified hip. It is used for the assessment of unilateral hip pathology, most commonly to diagnose a hip fracture or dislocation.

Reference article

This is a summary article. For more information, you can read a more in-depth reference article: hip series.


  • indications
    • hip trauma
    • trauma with leg length discrepancy
    • assessment of unilateral hip pain
    • follow up in unilateral hip pathology
  • procedure
    • AP radiograph, of the pelvis
    • second view of the hip
      • shoot through lateral with the good leg flexed
      • oblique view
  • similar tests
    • pelvis x-ray
      • just the pelvis x-ray
      • used for general pelvis assessment, e.g. trauma
  • important pathology

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