Researchers led by Bradley C. Register, MD, evaluated 45 volunteers with no history of hip pain, symptoms, injury or previous surgeries. The volunteers received MRIs, which were reviewed by three radiologists. Approximately 73 percent of the scans showed abnormal findings.
The scans identified labral tears as the most common abnormality displayed, encompassing 69 percent of the joint conditions. People older than 35 years were 13.7 times more likely to show a chondral defect and 16.7 times more likely to have a subchondral cyst.
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MRI Shouldn't Replace Clinical Observation for Hip SurgeryWritten by Laura Miller | February 27, 2012
According to a new study performed at the Steadman-Philippon Research Institute and presented at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine's Specialty Day at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons annual meeting, physicians should not replace clinical observation with the use of MRI.
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