Radiographic assessment of hip and knee osteoarthritis. Recommendations: recommended guidelines

Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 1999 Jul;7(4):434-6. doi: 10.1053/joca.1999.0235.


Pathological lesions of osteoarthritis, demonstrated by conventional radiography, can be assessed by scoring systems and/or measurement with a quite acceptable reproducibility. Scores are recommended for a rough staging of osteoarthritis and of bone changes. Measurement is recommended for assessment of joint space narrowing progression. A good assessment of progression implicates a perfect reproducibility of the radiographic image of the joint. Accuracy of standard radiograph is improved by some views such as the hip profile and the schuss view.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Osteoarthritis, Hip / diagnostic imaging*
  • Osteoarthritis, Knee / diagnostic imaging*
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic*
  • Radiography