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MRI should not be sole assessment in hip cases

Diagnostic imaging, such as MRI scans, should not be the sole method of assessing patients prior to hip replacementoperations.

A new study by a team of scientists working at Steadman-Philippon Research Institute used the scans on a sample of healthy volunteers and found that 73 per cent had some sort of hip abnormality.

The researchers believe that these results prove it is vital to make further clinical assessments before recommending any surgery or medication.

Lead author of the report Bradley Register said: "The hope with a study like this is improved treatment and decision-making for physicians who are dealing with hip disorders."

The work assessed 45 patients and found that the risk of complications was significantly higher in people over the age of 35.

According to the International Osteoprosis Foundation, the risk of fracture also increases if a ten per cent loss of bone mass occurs in the joint.

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