Femoral head osteonecrosis-imaging findings and differential diagnosis

  • A. Balanika
  • Christos Baltas
  • Dimitrios Begkas
Keywords: Femoral head osteonecrosis, imaging findings , bone marrow edema, hip arthritis


This review addresses the imaging features of femoral head osteonecrosis. Although the initial evaluation should include plain radiography in combination with thorough history and physical examination, MRI represents the method of choice  for an early detection and correct diagnosis. It is also highlighted the imaging findings that enable differentiation of femoral head osteonecrosis from other pathological conditions including transient osteoporosis and arthritis.


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Author Biographies

A. Balanika

1MD,PhD,MSci, Consultant Radiologist Computed Tomography Department, Department of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound, Department of Osteoporosis,General Hospital of Athens “Asclepieio Voulas”

Christos Baltas

MD,PhD,MSci, Consultant Radiologist, Radiology Imaging Department, General Hospital of Athens “G. Gennimatas ”

Dimitrios Begkas

MD,PhD, Consultant Orthopaedic, 6TH Orthopaedic Dept, General Hospital of Athens “Asclepieio Voulas”


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