X-rays are an essential tool for the diagnosis of osteoarthritis and its medical care.
They are easily interpreted by your doctor. They consist of:
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X-rays are used to estimate the deterioration of cartilage and bone caused by osteoarthritis.
However, be aware that there is no real connection between the lesions (described above) observed and clinical signs such as pain or functional impairment.
The type of X-rays most often requested are images of the pelvis from the front and the so-called Lequesne's false profile view where the patient is standing. The hips may also be X-rayed separately.
|Image of the hip from the front||Image of the hip (Lequesne's false profile)|
The measurement of joint space narrowing is a good indicator of the level of wear on your cartilage by osteoarthritis.