Hip MRI Scan
A hip MRI scan uses magnetic resonance imaging to provide a detailed visualization of your hip bone for an assessment of hip pain. Hip MRI scans are more common in elderly patients, as radiologists are often looking for conditions such as osteoporosis and bone weakening. Hip radiology is designed to help our radiologists gain a comprehensive understanding of the health of your hip and to determine any underlying cause for hip pain or limited hip mobility. At Park Avenue Radiologists, we strive to provide precise and accurate MRI tests to help diagnose medical conditions of the hip.
What is a hip MRI scan?
With a hip MRI scan, our radiologists are able to evaluate the health of your hip joint, surrounding tissues, muscles, or cartilage. A hip MRI scan provides our radiologists with a detailed view of your hip and its health. Magnetic resonance imaging is a powerful tool of radiology that can detect minute fractures and even bone bruising, which traditional X-ray scans are not able to detect. A hip MRI can also detect the first signs of arthritis by measuring the change in cartilage and bone health.
What can a hip MRI scan help diagnose?
An MRI of the hip allows our radiologists to view the inside of your hip joint and the surrounding tissues. A hip MRI scan can help detect abnormalities of the hip joint that may not be visible on a traditional X-ray. An MRI of the hip may be ordered to help determine the cause of pain, discomfort, or limited mobility of the hip. Conditions such as arthritis, fracture, or dislocation of the hip may be diagnosed through a hip MRI scan. If you have had a hip replacement, a hip MRI scan can help evaluate the integrity of your hip replacement and diagnose any complications or conditions. An MRI of the hip can also show any fraying or degradation of the cartilage or tissues of the hip.
What can I expect from a hip MRI scan?
At Park Avenue Radiologists, we use open-bore MRI machines, which have ample headroom to avoid any feelings of claustrophobia or discomfort. To begin, you will lie down on the MRI table and slowly enter our MRI machine. A contrast dye may be administered before your hip MRI scan. This dye helps our radiologists visualize the health of your hip more easily. During your hip MRI scan, you will be able to speak to our radiologists at any point through a speaker in the MRI machine. You will also be able to bring your own music the day of your hip MRI to listen to during your scan. Additionally, if you feel overwhelmingly anxious during your hip MRI scan, we can pause your hip MRI scan and help you regain composure before resuming the scan.
How long does a hip MRI take, & when will I get my hip MRI test results?
The majority of hip MRI scans can be completed in thirty to forty-five minutes, but the length of your MRI test may vary depending on what our radiologists are scanning for. The use of contrast dye will also add fifteen minutes to the total length of your hip MRI test. We will begin to analyze your hip MRI results as quickly as possible to provide the most prompt results. Our staff at Park Avenue Radiologists will notify your physician as soon as your hip MRI results are available.
How can I learn more about a hip MRI scan?
Our radiologists at Park Avenue Radiologists would be happy to discuss a hip MRI scan with you. For an appointment or additional information, please call 212.888.1000, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or request an appointment online.