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Roentgen Rays (Definition)

Roentgen rays are another term for x-rays, which are a form of electromagnetic radiation (other types include light and microwaves). X-rays are used to provide imaging with plain ...Read more


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Xray: Both Hips AP, Frogleg. Results: Sclerotic lines both femoral heads. Symptoms: pain/clicking sound/limited range movement. Do I need new hip?

Xray: Both Hips AP, Frogleg. Results: Sclerotic lines both femoral heads. Symptoms: pain/clicking sound/limited range movement. Do I need new hip?

Unlikely: Doesn't sound like arthritis of significance, more likely may represent some degree of hip impingement. Slight bony prominence on femoral head, slightly excessive overhang of anterior hip socket or both. These bony abnormalities can lead to labral tearing and ultimately arthritis if left unchecked. Diagnosis requires additional xrays/MRI.Labral tears can be repaired and excess bone resected. ...Read more

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I have r lower leg swelling for about 6 months DVT u/s neg xrays, knee hip and foot neg. I had a chest xray fatty deposits around heart?

I have r lower leg swelling for about 6 months DVT u/s neg xrays, knee hip and foot neg. I had a chest xray fatty deposits around heart?

Possible lymphedema: This may be due to lymphedema with the heart deposits that will cause swelling to the area. This may also be due to some other form of vascular compromise to your right lower extermity, not a dvt. Your vascular surgeon should be able to ascertain why the swelling persists. ...Read more

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Xray of babies hips, safe?

Xray of babies hips, safe?

Typically, yes.: If proper technique is followed--including the shielding of gonads with appropriate lead aprons--then hip x-rays should be safe. We are now appreciating however that radiation effects are cumulative; therefore, no 1 xray seems to be the culprit, but increasing the numbers of x-rays over time does warrant caution. Ultrasound and MRI are replacing x-rays in many diagnostic studies because of this. ...Read more

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How often do I have to get an xray after my hip replacement. I was told every two years.

How often do I have to get an xray after my hip replacement. I was told every two years.

Every 2 years: We have people come back every 2 years. This also helps us stay connected with our patients and update them regarding changes in precautions, etc. ...Read more

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What would an xray indicate after hip replacement surgery?

What would an xray indicate after hip replacement surgery?

Wear and Loosening: X-rays are performed for follow up after joint replacement to evaluate for wear of the components or evidence of loosening. Oftentimes, an x-ray is obtained immediately or soon after surgery to document the initial position for comparison with later follow up x-rays. ...Read more

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Xray of right hip shows unusual coarse calcifications adjacent to the femoral neck and lateral aspect of the ischium. Is that just CPPD? Worry?

Xray of right hip shows unusual coarse calcifications adjacent to the femoral neck and lateral aspect of the ischium. Is that just CPPD? Worry?

It is difficult: To tell based on limited info. The differential of soft tissue calcification is extensive. CPPD is a potential etiology but there are many others, including calcium hydroxyapatite deposition (HADD). ...Read more

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I have pain in my left leg on my bone which connects to my hip & its till my ankle it keeps shifting I took xray of my hip doc says there is no prob?

I have pain in my left leg on my bone which connects to my hip & its till my ankle it keeps shifting I took xray of my hip doc says there is no prob?

Did they check: Your feet? Many times hip problems can be related to the biomechanics of your feet. Sometimes custom orthotics are the simple solution. ...Read more

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What to do if I fell xray showed fractured hip but MRI showed no fracture how can this be?

What to do if I fell xray showed fractured hip but MRI showed no fracture how can this be?

Why was the MRI done: MRI is much more sensitive for detecting new fractures compared to standard x-rays. This is why we hardly ever get an MRI if x-rays show a fracture. Why dod you get an MRI? Was this an old fracture? Is you hip fractured clinically? (pain, shortening, loss of range of motion, etc.) ...Read more

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Can anyone read my xray of my hip? I have osteoporosis with a high risk for fracture I am a 39 year old female can somebody please help

Can anyone read my xray of my hip? I have osteoporosis with a high risk for fracture I am a 39 year old female can somebody please help

Ask your doctor: Whoever ordered the hip radiograph should have the radiologist's interpretation or reading, and relay the results to you. A bone density exam is indicated for osteoporosis assessment. Unless you are a heavy smoker or have a congenital condition associated with bone loss, and as long as you are physically active you should not have a concern for osteoporosis for a couple of decades. ...Read more

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I am experiencing left leg pain and hip pain that now has progressed to my big toe and calf and inner thigh. Xray of my hip and knee shows nothing.

I am experiencing left leg pain and hip pain that now has progressed to my big toe and calf and inner thigh. Xray of my hip and knee shows nothing.

Leg Pain: I am having left leg pain, hip pain progressing to my big toe, calf, and inner thigh. Xray of hip and knee shows nothing.
The Xray primarily evaluates the bones. The nerves and vascular system need to be considered.
Have you had labs done? More history and conversation is needed. ...Read more

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I just had xrays of my hip and am concerned it may harm my sperm, cause mutations or lead to miscarriage/birth defects, etc. Is this a valid concern?

I just had xrays of my hip and am concerned it may harm my sperm, cause mutations or lead to miscarriage/birth defects, etc. Is this a valid concern?

Relax: The effect if present would affect few if any. These are made continuously, with millions generated in waves. The healthy ones are the best swimmers and get to the eggs faster. Women have a different issue, one egg at a time and it has the effect of a lifetime of background exposures. Men get a break on this issue. ...Read more

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I had xray for my severe hip pain and blood tests but all clear. What could it be and why are they doing an mri?

I had xray for my severe hip pain and blood tests but all clear. What could it be and why are they doing an mri?

X-ray not perfect: As with all tests in medicine, the xray may not detect every kind of abnormality. You may have a subtle stress fracture which would only be visible by mri. Also, MRI looks at the labrum (cushion in the hip joint) which the xray cannot see. You may also have a tendon or ligament abnormality which the xray cannot detect. ...Read more

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I fell down the stairs over a month ago. Xray showed No broken hip or pelvis but still having extreme pain in left pelvis groin area. Hard to move my?

I fell down the stairs over a month ago. Xray showed No broken hip or pelvis but still having extreme pain in left pelvis groin area. Hard to move my?

Pelvis pain: It is reassuring that the x-rays are negative. The persistent pain may simply be muscle strain or bruise. Nevertheless, since you have pain with movement, I would suggest an MRI to rule out any subtle fracture. I also recommend that you be seen by an orthopedic specialist. ...Read more

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Chronic SI and hip joint pain with popping/cracking. Normal XRay and MRI. (HO hip dysplasia as infant) Pain is getting worse. What can cause this?

Chronic SI and hip joint pain with popping/cracking. Normal XRay and MRI. (HO hip dysplasia as infant) Pain is getting worse. What can cause this?

Hip Pain: Hip and SI joint pain have a great deal of overlap. There are many things that can cause these symptoms, such as bone deformities, muscle and ligament injuries, as well as bursal abnormalities. If there is a history of developmental hip problems, further evaluation would be beneficial to make sure there is no lasting effects. ...Read more

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What does it mean if on hip xray the greater trochanter of the hip extends more out on one side over the other?

What does it mean if on hip xray the greater trochanter of the hip extends more out on one side over the other?

Asymmetric hip bone: Generally, nothing. Your body does not grow or develop with perfect symmetry. One arm may be longer than the other, one leg different from the other, etc. Most likely the difference in your trochanters is just normal variation. ...Read more

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What is the "bone looks cloudy" on the hip xray of a 13 year old boy mean?

What is the "bone looks cloudy" on the hip xray of a 13 year old boy mean?

"Cloudy": Is not a useful term in radiology and provides no useful information. Ask your doctor to explain what is wrong in words you can easily understand. If necessary, obtain a second opinion. ...Read more

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How can there be a cam lesion on my hip xray now when there was not a cam lesion on my xray from 3 yrs ago (25 yrs old, athlete)?

Grew: Cam lesions of the hip cause pain because of the impingement of the femoral head/neck on the rim of the acetabulum. Certain hips are predisposed to it (deep acetabulum) and can with time and activity develop a bump. Evaluation requires taking a history, adequate exam with diagnostic studies like a MRI or ct scan. ...Read more

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Dr said need more Xray or MRI to investigate hip impingement. If had an MRI does this make the X-ray pointless? IE: Doesn't an MRI show more than XR?

Dr said need more Xray or MRI to investigate hip impingement. If had an MRI does this make the X-ray pointless? IE: Doesn't an MRI show more than XR?

Need both: Both additional X-rays and an MRI with arthrogram are needed to work up hip impingement. The MRI looks at the hip labrum (cartilage) and rules out a vascular necrosis. It can spot subtle arthritis. The X-rays and possible CT scan help understand the bone shapes particular to impingement. These are needed to guide treatment. ...Read more

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What's next? Hip xray shows nothing. Groin pain, surgery shows nothing. Webmd suggests Acetabular Labral Tear from symptoms. Pain managment no help

Many reasons: There are a number reasons you could have groin pain. It could be from arthritis, or other muscular or skeletal issues. You may want to see a sports medicine doctor or orthopedist to investigate further. An MRI may give you a better answer if X-ray shows nothing. Best wishes.
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I have really painful joints, especially my left hip is really painful. Lower back and right ankle. I had an xray on my hip which showed no arthritis.?

I have really painful joints, especially my left hip is really painful. Lower back and right ankle. I had an xray on my hip which showed no arthritis.?

In my experience...: Most hip pain does not eminate from the hip. Hip pain is felt in the groin and down the anterolateral aspect of the thigh to just above the knee. Standing will increase sx. Most people I see with "hip" pain, really have it in their buttock and/or side of the leg. Sacroiliac issues (pyrifromis included) and trochanteric bursitis require an exam. Neither are seen on a hip film. Arthritis is likely! ...Read more

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My son is 11 years old and has a limp. Done xrays on knees and hips. Nothing wrong. No injury. What should I ask the dr to do besides watch it.

My son is 11 years old and has a limp. Done xrays on knees and hips. Nothing wrong. No injury. What should I ask the dr to do besides watch it.

Exam + bloodwork: There are so many possible causes for limp in a child. This depends on how long, the kind of limping and what else is going on (fever, pain, rash, history of trauma/ sports). It would be good idea for you to bring him in and discuss with his pediatrician and have him evaluated with a good exam and bloodwork - possibly testing blood count, infection, lyme disease, and rheumatologic markers. ...Read more

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DISH identified on imaging for a neck inj couple yrs ago. (do have thoracic pain). Now, fell weeks ago. New hip xrays: "enthesopathy." Possib related?

Typically DISH: Can involve the spine and pelvis/hips, so the answer to your question is probably yes. DISH is a type of enthesopathy, which is calcification/bone formation at the sites of tendon and ligament insertions. ...Read more