A pelvis x-ray is a picture of the bones around both the hips. The pelvis connects the legs to the body.
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 will change your body to other positions to provide different views.
Tell the provider if you are pregnant. Remove all jewelry. You will wear a hospital gown.
The x-rays are painless. Changing position may cause discomfort.
The x-ray is used to look for:
Abnormal results may suggest:
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.
Reviewed By: C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, San Francisco, CA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.