Artificial hip, X-ray

Artificial hip, X-ray

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Credit: MASSIMO BREGA, THE LIGHTHOUSE/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Artificial hip joint. X-ray of an artificial hip in situ. The head of the prosthetic implant is in its socket in the hip bone of the pelvis. The shaft of the implant is embedded in a hole drilled in the shaft of the femur (thigh bone). The head of the implant has replaced the head of the femur, which has been removed. This operation restores mobility to those affected by conditions like arthritis and osteoporosis.

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