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 health care 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:
There is low radiation exposure. However, pregnant women and children are more sensitive to the risks of x-rays.
X-ray - pelvis
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