Author(s): Rama Krishna Narra, Syam Prakash Kolipe, Bhimeswara Rao P, Anusha Putcha

BACKGROUND Magnetic resonance imaging is an imaging modality that provides excellent soft tissue resolution, and with its multiplanar capability provides an excellent anatomical and biomechanical details and information. Hip joint with its weight bearing capability is an important synovial joint in human body. Painful hip is one of the important and common clinical presentations with wide variety of causes. The present study is undertaken to describe the various aetiologies and MRI features in patients with painful hip. MATERIALS AND METHODS The study included 50 patients with complaints of hip joint pain referred for MRI to the department of Radiodiagnosis, Katuri Medical College and Hospital, Chinakondrupadu, Guntur over a period of 21 months between January 2016 to October 2017. RESULTS A Total of 50 patients were included in the study. 74% were males with 20% belonging to age group of 21-30 years and 51-60 years of age. Avascular necrosis was the most common cause of the painful hip. CONCLUSION MRI provides excellent soft tissue details including detection of joint effusion, cartilage evaluation, and helps in accurate diagnosis and management of patients with painful hip.