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Diagnostic Imaging & Investigations

The majority of hip conditions require the support of diagnostic services which include x-ray, MRI, CT and ultrasound.  The information gained from these investigations allow the hip surgeon to diagnose your condition and offer you the best course of treatment.

Techniques include:

  1. X-ray.  This is available at all locations and is used to examine the bones of the hip in particular looking for signs of arthritis, loose bodies or bone fragments in the hip, fractures and other more unusual conditions of the bone.
  2. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI scan). This is one of the current best techniques for examining hips for soft tissue injuries such as ligament injuries and damage to the joint surface cartilage covering.
  3. Ultrasound scans. Ultrasound scans are a useful and simple investigation for some hip problems including problems with the tendons, diagnosis of cysts around the hip and other more superficial hip conditions.
  4. Computerised Tomography (CT scans). CT scans for hip problems have in some way been surpassed by MRI scans but still have a very useful role where the diagnosis is specifically related to the bone around the hip.

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