SOVEREIGN, ISM / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY SOVEREIGN, ISM / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Artificial hip. Coloured frontal X-ray of the hip bones (red) and prosthesis (blue) of a patient who has had a hip replacement. The head of the implant is at upper left (round) 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, down right). 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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