X-ray – pelvis
How the test is performed
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.
How to prepare for the test
Inform the health care provider if you are pregnant. Remove all jewelry. You will wear a hospital gown.
How the test will feel
There is no discomfort except possibly from positioning the body.
Why the test is performed
The x-ray is used to detect
What abnormal results mean
Abnormal results may suggest:
Arthritis of the hip joint
Tumors of the bones of the pelvis
Sacroiliitis (inflammation of the area where the sacrum joins the ilium bone)
Ankylosing spondylitis(abnormal stiffness of the spine and joint)
What the risks are
There is low radiation exposure. However, pregnant women and children are more sensitive to the risks of x-rays.