At Children’s Hospital Boston, we know that the first step to treating your child’s hip impingement is to form a timely, complete and accurate diagnosis.
To diagnose your child’s femoral anteversion, the doctor will conduct a physical exam. During the exam, the doctor will take your child’s complete prenatal, birth and family medical history.
The physical exam includes measurements to determine the degree of your child’s in-toeing. These measurements can be obtained easily just by placing ink or chalk on the bottom of your child's feet and having her walk on paper to leave an impression.
The doctor may use diagnostic tests to get detailed images of your child’s thigh bone and hip joint, including:
- CT scan (CAT, computed tomography): uses x-ray equipment and powerful computers to create detailed, cross-sectional images of your child's body; CT scan is the chief imaging test for confirming a diagnosis of femoral anteversion (faster than MRI, more detailed than x-rays)
- MRI (magnetic resonance imaging): uses magnets, radio frequencies and a computer to produce detailed images of organs and structures within your child’s body
- x-rays: uses invisible electromagnetic energy beams to produce images of internal tissues, bones and organs
|Our Orthopedic Clinical Effectiveness Research Center (CERC)|
Children’s Orthopedic Clinical Effectiveness Research Center (CERC) was established by the
Orthopedic Center to improve the quality of life for children with musculoskeletal disorders. This collaborative clinical research program is unique in the nation and is playing an instrumental role in establishing, for the first time, evidence-based standards of care for pediatric orthopedic patients throughout the world.
|If you come from far away, we can help|
|As an international pediatric orthopedics center, we care for young patients from all over the world. Our International Center assists families residing outside the United States: We facilitate the medical review of patient records; coordinate appointment scheduling; and help families with customs and immigration, transportation, hotel and housing accommodations.|