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Hip MRI Scan from £199

Hip MRI scans can show fraying or tears of the cartilage and labrum, helping to differentiate
pain radiating from the hip joint and pain radiating from the lower abdomen.

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Introduction to Hip Pain Across Ages

While commonly associated with aging, hip pain does not discriminate by age and can impact individuals performing frequent, repetitive tasks due to overuse. Yet, beyond the wear and tear, more serious conditions can exacerbate hip discomfort if not properly treated. This comprehensive guide delves into how Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) can aid in diagnosing the root causes of hip pain, thus facilitating effective treatment plans.

The Diagnostic Power of MRI for Hip Discomfort

MRI is a sophisticated imaging technique that provides detailed pictures of the hip joint and its surrounding anatomy, crucial for diagnosing the precise cause of hip pain. This non-invasive tool uses a magnetic field and radio waves to create cross-sectional images of the body, offering a clearer view than traditional X-rays, especially of soft tissues.

What an MRI of the Hip Reveals

The MRI scan targets several key structures within and around the hip, including:

  • Femur (Thigh Bone): Focusing on the upper part that integrates into the hip joint.
  • Pelvis and Coccyx: The foundational bones that support bodily structure and movement.
  • Cartilage: Assessing the health of the cartilage cushioning the hip joint.
  • Muscles and Ligaments: Evaluating the tissues that facilitate hip movement and stability.
  • Surrounding Soft Tissues: Including the reproductive organs adjacent to the hip area.

These detailed images allow radiologists to assess the internal state of the hip, identifying abnormalities such as:

  • Bone Fractures and Bruises: Subtle damages not visible on standard X-rays.
  • Ligament and Tendon Tears or Inflammation: Soft tissue injuries that can severely impact mobility.
  • Muscle Strains: Often resulting from physical overexertion.
  • Osteoarthritis: Wear and tear of the joint.
  • Bursitis: Inflammation of the fluid-filled sacs that ease friction in the joint.
  • Infections or Necrosis: Serious conditions affecting tissue viability.
  • Hip Dislocations and Tumors: From acute injuries to abnormal growths.

Can an MRI Detect Hip Bursitis?

Bursitis in the hip, caused by inflammation of the bursae, manifests in pain that can extend from the hip down the thigh. MRI is highly effective at detecting such inflammation and other contributing factors like:

  • Spinal Diseases
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Calcium Deposits
  • Effects of Previous Surgeries

This comprehensive imaging helps in forming an accurate diagnosis and tailoring a specific treatment strategy.

Duration and Specifics of a Hip MRI Procedure

A typical MRI session for the hip ranges between 10 to 30 minutes. However, if contrast dye is used to enhance the imaging, additional time may be required for the dye to circulate effectively through the body. Patients must remain still during the scan to prevent image blurring, which could necessitate a repeat of the procedure.

Types of MRI Machines

  • Standard Bore MRI: The conventional and most common type where the patient's body slides into a narrow tube.
  • Short Bore MRI: Less confining than the standard, it allows parts of the body to remain outside the machine, suitable for patients with claustrophobia.

Preparing for a Hip MRI

Preparation for an MRI is minimal but crucial:

  • Medical History Review: Essential for identifying potential risks or MRI incompatibilities.
  • Metal Removal: All metallic objects must be removed to avoid interference with the magnetic imaging.
  • Fasting: Typically not required for hip MRIs, but specific instructions may be provided based on the patient's health condition.

Conclusion: Understanding and Acting on Hip Pain

Experiencing hip pain can be a significant hindrance, affecting your ability to perform daily activities. An MRI not only aids in diagnosing the causes of hip pain but also enhances the understanding of possible underlying conditions, guiding appropriate treatment options. If you're dealing with persistent hip pain, consider discussing MRI options with your healthcare provider to gain a comprehensive view of your condition and expedite your road to recovery.

For more information or to schedule an MRI, please reach out to our clinic. We are committed to providing detailed diagnostics to help you return to a pain-free lifestyle.


Our expert clinical team will guide you through the process, with a 1-1 consultation, referral, and digital imaging report included in the price of your scan booking.