Little is known about scintigraphic image patterns in the various stages of coxarthrosis. We assessed bone scintigraphy in 159 patients (210 hips) with dysplastic arthrosis of the hip. Scintigraphic images were divided into 5 types related to the radiographic stages of the disease. The scintigraphic images showed little, if any, uptake in the stage of prearthrosis. In the early stage, we found an increase in uptake in the weight bearing area in 30% of cases. In the advanced stage, more than half of the cases had an increase in uptake in the medial side of the joint and in the weight bearing area. In the terminal stage, a marked increase in uptake in the weight bearing area was commonest. Since the osteoblastic reaction intensified, a marked increase in uptake was seen not only in the weight bearing area, but also throughout the entire joint. These types of scintigraphic patterns, which change with the stage of coxarthrosis, seem to reflect the natural course of the disease. All hips with rapid progression of the disease showed a marked increase in uptake of radionuclide the entire joint at earlier stages.