Evaluation of the Painful Athletic Hip: Imaging Options and Imaging-Guided Injections

Department of Radiology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA.
American Journal of Roentgenology (Impact Factor: 2.73). 09/2012; 199(3):516-24. DOI: 10.2214/AJR.12.8992
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This article reviews diagnostic imaging tests and injections that provide important information for clinical management of patients with sports-related hip pain.

In the evaluation of sports-related hip symptoms, MR arthrography is often used to evaluate intraarticular pathology of the hip. The addition of short- and long-acting anesthetic agents with the MR arthrography injection adds additional information that can distinguish between symptomatic and asymptomatic imaging findings. Osseous abnormalities can be characterized with radiography, MRI, or CT. Ultrasound is important in the assessment of iliopsoas abnormalities, including tendon snapping, and to guide diagnostic anesthetic injection.

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