PREP: On the day of your pelvis x-ray, wear something comfortable that you can change out of easily. Because metal and some clothing can interfere with the accuracy of the radiograph, it is important that it is removed from the area of the pelvis. A hospital gown will be provided. Prior to your exam, a radiologic technologist will explain the procedure and answer any questions you have. If you think you are pregnant, please tell the technologist before your exam.
PURPOSE: When patients report pain in the area of the pelvis or the hip joints, an x-ray of the pelvis is performed. The exam is used for the detection of arthritis, fractures and other injuries.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Once inside the x-ray room, you will be asked to lie down on an x-ray table. To ensure that you are positioned properly on the table the technologist will use anatomical landmarks. These landmarks include the top of your pelvic bone, just above the hip. You will also be asked to turn your feet inward so that they point toward each other. You then will be asked to hold your breath while a short exposure is made. Since any movement will blur the image, it is important for you not to move during the exposure. Usually a second x-ray of the pelvis is required. You will be asked to bend your knees outward, toward the surface or the table and place the soles of your feet together, Creating what is called a "frog leg" position. Please be sure to indicate to the technologist if you are unable to comply with any of the instructions.
POST EXAM INFORMATION: Your x-rays will be given to a radiologist to review. Once a report on your x-rays has been dictated, your physician will receive a copy of the results. Your physician will discuss the results with you.