7. Pelvis and Proximal Femur

  1. Andrea Donovan MD2 and
  2. Mark Schweitzer MD3
  1. Emad Almusa,
  2. Stamatis N. Kantartzis and
  3. Joshua Leeman

Published Online: 22 OCT 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118551691.ch7

Imaging Musculoskeletal Trauma: Interpretation and Reporting

Imaging Musculoskeletal Trauma: Interpretation and Reporting

How to Cite

Almusa, E., Kantartzis, S. N. and Leeman, J. (2012) Pelvis and Proximal Femur, in Imaging Musculoskeletal Trauma: Interpretation and Reporting (eds A. Donovan and M. Schweitzer), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Oxford. doi: 10.1002/9781118551691.ch7

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Department of Medical Imaging, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

  2. 3

    Department of Diagnostic Imaging, The Ottawa Hospital, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 22 OCT 2012
  2. Published Print: 10 DEC 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118158814

Online ISBN: 9781118551691



  • femoral head fracture;
  • femoral neck fracture;
  • hip dislocation;
  • imaging tests;
  • pelvic ring;
  • pelvic trauma;
  • proximal femur fracture;
  • radiographs


The pelvis is an osseous ring formed by sacrum and paired innominate bones, the latter composed of the ilium, ischium, and pubis. In terms of stability, the pelvic ring consists of two separate arches: the posterior and anterior arches. The hip joint is an articulation composed of the acetabulum and the femoral head. The femoral neck links the femoral head to the proximal femoral shaft at the intertrochanteric region. Femoral head fractures usually occur following hip dislocations. Intracapsular femoral neck fractures include subcapital, transcervical, and basicervical fractures. Extracapsular femoral neck fractures include greater trochanter fractures, lesser trochanter fractures and intertrochanteric fractures. Subtrochanteric femoral fractures are common in the elderly, but subtrochanteric and femoral shaft fractures are common in young patients, and usually occur following a high-energy force. Radiographs of the pelvis are the first imaging tests to obtain in patients subjected to high-velocity pelvic trauma or suspected proximal femur fracture.