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A pelvis x-ray is a picture of the bones surrounding the hip area. The pelvis connects the legs to the body.
X-ray - pelvis
The test is performed in a radiology department or in the health care provider's office by an x-ray technician. You will be asked to lie down on the table. The pictures are then taken, with the body repositioned to provide different views.
Inform the health care provider if you are pregnant. Remove all jewelry. You will wear a hospital gown.
There is no discomfort except possibly from positioning the body.
The x-ray is used to detect fractures, tumors, or degenerative conditions of bones in the hips, pelvis, and upper legs.
Abnormal results may suggest:
There is low radiation exposure. However, pregnant women and children are more sensitive to the risks of x-rays.
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