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Healthy male hips. Coloured frontal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan of a man's normal hips. The two femurs (thigh bones, yellow) are clearly seen at upper left and right. The ball-shaped head of each femur forms joint with the socket bones of the pelvis. The joint is padded with cartilage (blue), a type of connective tissue that provides lubrication and support for smooth joint movement. The black area at upper centre is the rectum, the lower part of the large intestine where faeces is stored. The blue/purple areas surrounding the bones are the muscles supporting the hips and thighs.
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