Welcome, Friend!

It looks like you're new here. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons!


Quick Start Forum Video Tutorial

Protect anonymity
We strongly suggest that members do not include their email addresses. Once that is published , your email address is available to anyone on the internet , including hackers.

All discussions and comments that contain an external URL will be automatically moved to the spam queue. No external URL pointing to a medical web site is permitted. Forum rules also indicate that you need prior moderator approval. If you are going to post an external URL, contact one of the moderators to get their approval.
There are no medical professionals on this forum side of the site. Therefore, no one is capable or permitted to provide any type of medical advice.
This includes any analysis, interpretation, or advice based on any diagnostic test

The main site has all the formal medical articles and videos for you to research on.

Why my hip hurts so much-torn cartilage. Anyone else have this?

The user and all related content has been deleted.


  • L4_L5LL4_L5 Posts: 1,454
    edited 02/01/2019 - 9:34 AM

    When is your hip MRI scheduled? Supposedly more modern MRI machines can show labral tears without contrast but it’s my understanding based on my conversations with several doctors that generally a hip MRA is preferred over a hip MRI if the suspicion is a labral tear.

    Can you call the imaging facility in advance and verify if their MRI machine is a 3T? A 3T should show a tear. Unfortunately many MRI machines currently used today were manufactured in the mid to late 90s. A 0.5T to 1.5T may not show a tear in the cartilage of the hip if you have one. 

    The resolution of a 3T is twice as good as a 1.5T and a 1.5T is three times as good as a 0.5T. Simple math.

    Many studies show a 3T without contrast shows images just as clear as a lesser quality MRI with contrast. Maybe your doctor didn’t order contrast to save your kidneys the stress of processing the contrast.

    Please note I’m not a doctor and get this info from doctors I’ve spoken with.

  • The user and all related content has been deleted.
  • advertisement
Sign In or Register to comment.