Hip Imaging in Athletes: Sports Imaging Series

Radiology. 2016 Aug;280(2):351-69. doi: 10.1148/radiol.2016151348.


Hip or groin pain in athletes is common and clinical presentation is often nonspecific. Imaging is a very important diagnostic step in the work-up of athletes with hip pain. This review article provides an overview on hip biomechanics and discusses strategies for hip imaging modalities such as radiography, ultrasonography, computed tomography, and magnetic resonance (MR) imaging (MR arthrography and traction MR arthrography). The authors explain current concepts of femoroacetabular impingement and the problem of high prevalence of cam- and pincer-type morphology in asymptomatic persons. With the main focus on MR imaging, the authors present abnormalities of the hip joint and the surrounding soft tissues that can occur in athletes: intraarticular and extraarticular hip impingement syndromes, labral and cartilage disease, microinstability of the hip, myotendinous injuries, and athletic pubalgia. (©) RSNA, 2016.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Athletes*
  • Athletic Injuries / diagnostic imaging*
  • Diagnostic Imaging / methods*
  • Hip Joint / diagnostic imaging*
  • Humans