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Magn Reson Imaging Clin N Am. 2013 Feb;21(1):169-82. doi: 10.1016/j.mric.2012.08.008.

MR imaging of the hip: pathologies and morphologies of the hip joint, what the surgeon wants to know.

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Orthopaedic Surgery, Stanford University, Redwood City, CA 94063, USA.


MR imaging of the hip is frequently used in symptomatic patients before hip preservation surgery; it is used as a decision-making tool and as a planning tool. The MRI can confirm the preliminary working diagnosis, identify other possible sources of pain, and highlight anatomic areas that are not routinely viewed during surgery. In addition, MR imaging is capable of illustrating normal and abnormal bony morphology of the femur and pelvis; and in the case that arthrography is used, diagnostic injection can be administrated concurrently. This article highlights a surgeon's perspective on the use of MR imaging in the patient with nonarthritic hip pain.

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