Information for Consumers - Hip Fracture (Suspected)

This article tells you about suspected hip fracture, including what imaging tests you may need to have.

What is a hip fracture?

A hip fracture is when the bone in the top part of your leg breaks (femur). Hip fractures are usually caused by trauma, most commonly falls. Fractures are one cause of hip pain.


Your doctor will discuss the signs and symptoms of your hip pain. Your doctor may request an x-ray if:

  • he/she thinks a fracture may be causing your hip pain, or
  • your pain does not get better with simple treatment measures

If your x-ray shows a fracture, further imaging may be needed for treatment. If the x-ray does not show a fracture, and your doctor still thinks you might have a fracture, he/she may request a MRI scan, nuclear medicine bone scan, CT scan or repeat x-ray.


A Radiology doctor will look at your scans and write a report for your doctor.

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Date reviewed: July 2017

Date of next review: July 2019