Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Hip

  • Thomas W. HashII
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MRI provides an excellent noninvasive means of assessing pathology of the central and peripheral compartments and peritrochanteric space. It also provides accurate assessment of conditions about the hip, including hamstring tendon pathology and ischiofemoral impingement. It provides accurate assessment of athletic pubalgia, frequently coexisting with femoral acetabular impingement (FAI). Patient management can be driven or altered by MRI findings.

The hip’s unique anatomy does pose challenges to MRI, particularly accurate imaging of the central compartment. Awareness of the limitations and pitfalls of hip MR imaging allows for more sensitive, specific, and accurate diagnoses.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Musculoskeletal Imaging, Department of RadiologyDuke University Medical CenterDurhamUSA

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