Skeletal Radiology

, Volume 42, Issue 10, pp 1421–1428

The diagnostic performance of radiography for detection of osteoarthritis-associated features compared with MRI in hip joints with chronic pain

  • Li Xu
  • Daichi Hayashi
  • Ali Guermazi
  • David J. Hunter
  • Ling Li
  • Anton Winterstein
  • Klaus Bohndorf
  • Frank W. Roemer
Scientific Article

DOI: 10.1007/s00256-013-1675-7

Cite this article as:
Xu, L., Hayashi, D., Guermazi, A. et al. Skeletal Radiol (2013) 42: 1421. doi:10.1007/s00256-013-1675-7



To evaluate the diagnostic performance of radiography for the detection of MRI-detected osteoarthritis-associated features in various articular subregions of the hip joint.

Materials and methods

Forty-four patients with chronic hip pain (mean age, 63.3 ± 9.5 years), who were part of the Hip Osteoarthritis MRI Scoring (HOAMS) cohort, underwent both weight-bearing anteroposterior pelvic radiography and 1.5 T MRI. The HOAMS study was a prospective observational study involving 52 subjects, conducted to develop a semiquantitative MRI scoring system for hip osteoarthritis features. In the present study, eight subjects were excluded because of a lack of radiographic assessment. On radiography, the presence of superior and medial joint space narrowing, superior and inferior acetabular/femoral osteophytes, acetabular subchondral cysts, and bone attrition of femoral head was noted. On MRI, cartilage, osteophytes, subchondral cysts, and bone attrition were evaluated in the corresponding locations. Diagnostic performance of radiography was compared with that of MRI, and the area under curve (AUC) was calculated for each pathological feature.


Compared with MRI, radiography provided high specificity (0.76–0.90) but variable sensitivity (0.44–0.78) for diffuse cartilage damage (using JSN as an indirect marker), femoral osteophytes, acetabular subchondral cysts and bone attrition of the femoral head, and a low specificity (0.42 and 0.58) for acetabular osteophytes. The AUC of radiography for detecting overall diffuse cartilage damage, marginal osteophytes, subchondral cysts and bone attrition was 0.76, 0.78, 0.67, and 0.82, respectively.


Diagnostic performance of radiography is good for bone attrition, fair for marginal osteophytes and cartilage damage, but poor for subchondral cysts.


Osteoarthritis Hip Radiography MRI Cartilage 





Osteoarthritis Research Society International


American College of Rheumatology


Joint space narrowing


Repetition time


Echo time


Field of view


Proton density-weighted




Spin echo


Hip osteoarthritis MRI scoring

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Li Xu
    • 1
    • 2
  • Daichi Hayashi
    • 1
  • Ali Guermazi
    • 1
  • David J. Hunter
    • 3
  • Ling Li
    • 4
  • Anton Winterstein
    • 5
  • Klaus Bohndorf
    • 5
  • Frank W. Roemer
    • 1
    • 5
    • 6
  1. 1.Quantitative Imaging Center, Department of RadiologyBoston University School of MedicineBostonUSA
  2. 2.Department of RadiologyBeijing Jishuitan HospitalBeijingChina
  3. 3.Department of MedicineUniversity of SydneySydneyAustralia
  4. 4.Division of ResearchNew England Baptist HospitalBostonUSA
  5. 5.Department of RadiologyKlinikum AugsburgAugsburgGermany
  6. 6.Department of RadiologyUniversity of ErlangenErlangenGermany

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