Non-traumatic Hip Pain in Infants and Children: Evidence-Based Emergency Imaging

  • Martin H. Reed
  • G. Brian Black
Part of the Evidence-Based Imaging book series (Evidence-Based Imag.)


This chapter will discuss the evidence-based use of imaging in the emergency setting to diagnose non-traumatic hip pain in infants and children. Radiographs of the hips in neutral and frog leg lateral positions are the standard diagnostic imaging studies in the initial investigation of a child with hip pain. Ultrasound is the standard imaging modality to diagnose a hip effusion in the initial investigation of a child with hip pain. The use of magnetic resonance imaging may be an alternative option in case of inconclusive findings after radiography and ultrasound.


Non-traumatic hip pain Children LCP SCFE Transient synovitis Septic arthritis Emergency imaging Evidence-based imaging 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Departments of Radiology and of Pediatrics and Child HealthUniversity of ManitobaWinnipegCanada
  2. 2.Department of Diagnostic ImagingChildren’s Hospital of WinnipegWinnipegCanada
  3. 3.Department of SurgeryChildren’s Hospital of Winnipeg, University of ManitobaWinnipegCanada

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