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X-ray - pelvis

A pelvis x-ray is a picture of the bones around both the hips. The pelvis connects the legs to the body.

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  • How the Test is Performed

    The test is done in a radiology department or in the health care provider's office by an x-ray technician.

    You will lie down on the table. The pictures are then taken. You will change your body to other positions to provide different views.

  • How to Prepare for the Test

    Tell the health care provider if you are pregnant. Remove all jewelry. You will wear a hospital gown.

  • How the Test will Feel

    The x-rays are painless. Changing position may cause discomfort.

  • Why the Test is Performed

    The x-ray is used to look for:

    • Fractures
    • Tumors
    • Degenerative conditions of bones in the hips, pelvis, and upper legs
  • What Abnormal Results Mean

    Abnormal results may suggest:

    • Pelvic fractures
    • Arthritis of the hip joint
    • Tumors of the bones of the pelvis
    • Sacroiliitis (inflammation of the area where the sacrum joins the ilium bone)
    • Ankylosing spondylitis (abnormal stiffness of the spine and joint)
  • Risks

    There is low radiation exposure. However, pregnant women and children are more sensitive to the risks of x-rays.

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References

Rogers LF, Taljanovic MS, Boles CA. Skeletal trauma. In: Grainger RC, Allison D, Adam, Dixon AK, eds. Grainger & Allison's Diagnostic Radiology. 5th ed. New York, NY: Churchill Livingstone; 2008:chap 46.

Shah A, Busconi B. Hip, pelvis, and thigh: Hip and pelvis. In: DeLee JC, Drez D Jr, Miller MD, eds. DeLee and Drez’s Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders Elsevier; 2009:chap 21, section A.

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Review Date: 4/16/2013  

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