False-colour X-ray of the human pelvis showing an artificial (prosthetic) hip joint. The metal implant which forms the ball of the ball & socket joint is coloured red. Before locating the new joint, the bone of the head of the femur (thigh bone) is removed and the upper part of the long bone drilled to receive the metal shaft of the new, metal femoral head, which is then cemented into place. Red implant, gold & yellow bone. Black background.
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