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Radiology Research and Practice
Volume 2016, Article ID 6369237, 15 pages
Review Article

Imaging of Hip Pain: From Radiography to Cross-Sectional Imaging Techniques

1Radiology Department, Hospital of Traumatology, Carretera de Jaen, S/N, 18014 Granada, Spain
2Radiology Department, Ciudad Sanitaria Virgen de las Nieves, Avenida de las Fuerzas Armadas 2, 18014 Granada, Spain
3Radiology Department, North Tyneside General Hospital, Rake Lane, North Shields NE29 8NH, UK
4Orthopedic Department, Hospital of Traumatology, Carretera de Jaen, S/N, 18014 Granada, Spain

Received 22 October 2015; Revised 17 December 2015; Accepted 20 December 2015

Academic Editor: Andreas H. Mahnken

Copyright © 2016 Fernando Ruiz Santiago et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Hip pain can have multiple causes, including intra-articular, juxta-articular, and referred pain, mainly from spine or sacroiliac joints. In this review, we discuss the causes of intra-articular hip pain from childhood to adulthood and the role of the appropriate imaging techniques according to clinical suspicion and age of the patient. Stress is put on the findings of radiographs, currently considered the first imaging technique, not only in older people with degenerative disease but also in young people without osteoarthritis. In this case plain radiography allows categorization of the hip as normal or dysplastic or with impingement signs, pincer, cam, or a combination of both.