Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the hip joint
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the hip joint is one of the most promising and rapidly improving methods of modern diagnostics. At the same time, the doctor gets the opportunity not only to investigate structural and pathological changes but also to evaluate the physicochemical, pathophysiological processes of the entire hip joint as a whole or its structures.
Magnetic resonance imaging of the hip joint allows you to obtain a series of thin sections, build a three-dimensional reconstruction of the area under study, highlight the vasculature, and even individual nerve trunks and vessels passing in the projection of the hip joint. Such reconstruction provides invaluable assistance to the surgeon or traumatologist in planning the operation and for subsequent postoperative control.
Early diagnosis allows early treatment of the disease. The ability, using magnetic resonance imaging of the hip joint, to simultaneously demonstrate the joint itself and soft tissues around it over a large area without the introduction of contrast agents into the joint cavity and without the use of ionizing radiation (X-ray), to determine the localization and size of tumors, the cartilaginous surface of the joints, muscles, and tendons.
Currently, magnetic resonance imaging of the hip joint has come to the fore in the diagnosis of most diseases of the hip joint, pushing aside such methods as X-ray and CT.
In the following cases, your doctor may order an examination of the magnetic resonance imaging of the hip joint:
- arthritis of the hip
- osteoarthritis (coxarthrosis) of the hip joint
- metastases of tumor cells in the area of the hip joint
- soft tissue injuries of the hip joint (joint capsule, ligaments, and muscles)
- hip dislocation, etc.
Our patients are offered to undergo an MRI of the hip joint using a device with a magnetic field of 3.0 T (Tesla). It is also possible to conduct MRI with intravenous contrast (Omniscan contrast) to increase the visual difference between healthy tissue and tumor. Weight restriction (for a patient with a large weight) during magnetic resonance imaging - up to 200 kg.