X-rays are conducted by a
radiographer. For a good view from all angles, two X-rays are preferred for maximum hip visualization. You will be asked to get your X-ray taken from either the front or from the side.
Known as anteroposterior or AP view, this is imaged from the front of your hip. Only one hip is X-rayed from this position. Still, your doctor may ask for the other hip to be imaged as well to allow them to compare the appearance and health of both
and the extent of any possible arthritis.
The technician will ask you to lie on the table in the radiography room and adjust the overhead X-ray machine to the appropriate position over the pelvis. A light beam shining from the device will allow the technician to position the X-ray machine appropriately. To make sure the X-rays are clear and of the desired area, the radiographer may need to feel the bones and touch the top of your pelvis to bring the bones into a clear line of the imaging field.
X-ray is a non-invasive procedure, and the patient does not feel any pain. They may hear a beep signaling the images are taken. Once the radiologist approves the images, the patient can change into regular clothes and immediately go on about their day as usual.