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Pelvis x-ray

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

  • Alternative Names
    • X-ray - pelvis

  • 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 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
    • Children and the fetuses of pregnant women are more sensitive to the risks of the x-ray. A protective shield may be worn over areas not being scanned.

  • References
    • Mettler FA. Skeletal system. In: Mettler FA, ed. Essentials of Radiology. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2014:chap 8.

      Telhan R, Kelly BT, Moley PJ. Hip and pelvis overuse syndromes. In: Miller MD, Thompson SR, eds. DeLee and Drez's Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. 4th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2015:chap 85.