Pelvis (flamingo view)

The flamingo view series of the pelvis is a specialised orthopaedic series consisting of three separate pelvis projections. It is used for assessing instability of the pubic symphysis, often in the context of previous pelvic trauma.

This projection should only be performed under specialist supervision or referral.

The series is comprised of three separate projections traditionally performed AP erect, however patients with balance issues can benefit from a PA projection.

  • neutral
    • patient is erect with both feet evenly planted on the ground
    • standing AP (or PA) with the posterior aspect of the pelvis resting against the upright detector
    • patient's hands are out of the way of the imaging field
  • left foot raised
    • patient is erect with left foot off the floor for the projection, patient is reminded to place weight on right foot
    • standing AP (or PA) with the posterior aspect of the pelvis resting against the upright detector
    • patient's hands are out of the way of the imaging field
  • right foot raised
    • patient is erect with right foot off the floor for the projection, patient is reminded to place weight on left foot
    • standing AP (or PA) with the posterior aspect of the pelvis resting against the upright detector
    • patient's hands are out of the way of the imaging field
  • AP/PA erect dynamic projection
  • centering point
    • the midpoint of the anterior superior iliac spine and the pubic symphysis
  • collimation
    • laterally to the skin margins
    • superior to include the anterior superior iliac spine
    • inferior to the proximal third of the femur
  • orientation  
    • landscape
  • detector size
    • 35 cm x 43 cm
  • exposure
    • 70-80 kVp
    • 20-30 mAs
  • SID
    • 100-150 cm
  • grid
    • yes
  • clear annotations indicating what image the projection is in the series
  • entirety of the superior and inferior pubic rami visulised
  • proximal femur visible

The flamingo view is often ordered under specialised orthopedic guidance, given the circumstances around requesting such a series the patient is often in significant pain. One must take into account patient mobility, and if possible, not perform the projection alone. Patients who are only able to stand for short periods of time need clear demonstration of how the radiographic examination is to take place, to avoid additional time out of the bed.Although routinely performed AP, performing the projection PA has the benefit in giving the patient an upright detector to use for stabilisation if balance is lost.

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rID: 55230
Section: Radiography
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Flamingo view

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