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X-ray - pelvis

A pelvis x-ray is a picture of the bones around both the hips. The pelvis connects the legs to the body.

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Anterior skeletal anatomy

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How the Test is Performed

The test is done in a radiology department or in the health care provider's office by an x-ray technician.

You will lie down on the table. The pictures are then taken. You may have to move your body to other positions to provide different views.

How to Prepare for the Test

Tell the provider if you are pregnant. Remove all jewelry, especially around your belly and legs. You will wear a hospital gown.

How the Test will Feel

The x-rays are painless. Changing position may cause discomfort.

Why the Test is Performed

The x-ray is used to look for:

What Abnormal Results Mean

Abnormal results may suggest:

Risks

Children and the fetuses of pregnant women are more sensitive to the risks of the x-ray. A protective shield may be worn over areas not being scanned.

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References

Stoneback JW, Gorman MA. Pelvic fractures. In: McIntyre RC, Schulick RD, eds. Surgical Decision Making. 6th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2020:chap 147.

Williams KD. Spondylolisthesis. In: Azar FM, Beaty JH, Canale ST, eds. Campbell's Operative Orthopaedics. 13th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2017:chap 40.

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