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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2013, Article ID 703783, 4 pages
Clinical Study

The Bristol Hip View: Its Role in the Diagnosis and Surgical Planning and Occult Fracture Diagnosis for Proximal Femoral Fractures

1Departments of Radiology, Frenchay Hospital North Bristol NHS Trust, Bristol BS16 1LE, UK
2Departments of Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery, Frenchay Hospital North Bristol NHS Trust, Bristol BS16 1LE, UK
3Departments of Orthopaedics, Frenchay Hospital North Bristol NHS Trust, Bristol BS16 1LE, UK

Received 31 October 2012; Accepted 4 December 2012

Academic Editors: C. Morrey and C.-W. Oh

Copyright © 2013 J. Harding 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.


Aim. To evaluate whether a modified radiographic view of the femoral neck improves the diagnosis of occult proximal femoral. Materials and Methods. Prospective study of patients presenting with clinically suspected proximal femoral fractures or who underwent traditional plain radiographic views and the Bristol hip view (a 30-degree angled projection). Six blinded independent observers assessed the images for presence of a fracture, anatomical level, and displacement. Results. 166 consecutive patients presenting with the clinical diagnosis of a proximal femoral fracture, of which 61 sustained a fracture. Six of these were deemed occult due to negative plain and had proven fractures on subsequent cross-sectional imaging. The Bristol hip view demonstrated five of these six fractures. It performed better than the traditional lateral hip view to identify the injury. The Bristol hip view predicted correctly the fracture type and displacement in all cases and missed only one of the occult fractures. Conclusion. The Bristol hip view is more sensitive and clearer than a lateral projection for patients. It adds useful diagnostic information and performs better than the traditional views in occult fractures. Its use may prevent the need for further cross sectional imaging and subsequent surgical delay.