IMAGINGHip FracturesRamponi, Denise R. DNP, FNP-C, ENP-BC, FAEN, FAANP, CEN; Kaufmann, Judith DrPH, MA, MSN, FNP-BC; Drahnak, Gwendolen DNP(c), FNP-CSection Editor(s): Ramponi, Denise R. DNP, FNP-C, ENP-BC, FAEN, FAANP, CEN; Column Editor Author Information School of Nursing and Health Sciences, Robert Morris University, Moon Township, Pennsylvania (Drs Ramponi and Kaufmann); Heritage Valley Health System, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Dr Ramponi); St. Clair Health System, Bridgeville, Pennsylvania (Dr Kaufmann); and Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Basel-City, Switzerland (Ms Drahnak). Corresponding Author: Denise R. Ramponi, DNP, FNP-C, ENP-BC, FAEN, FAANP, CEN, School of Nursing and Health Sciences, Robert Morris University, Scaife Hall, 6001 University Blvd, Moon Township, PA 15108 (firstname.lastname@example.org). Illustrations by Katherine Chemsak, Media Arts Student, Robert Norris University.Disclosure: The authors report no conflicts of interest. Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal: January/March 2018 - Volume 40 - Issue 1 - p 8-15 doi: 10.1097/TME.0000000000000180 Buy Metrics Abstract Hip fractures are associated with significant morbidity and mortality and a major health problem in the United States (L. M. Brunner, L. Eshilian-Oats, & T. Y. Kuo, 2003). Eighty percent of hip fractures are experienced by 80-year-old women. Plain radiographs usually confirm the diagnosis, but if there is a high level of suspicion of an occult hip fracture, magnetic resonance imaging or bone scan is the next step to confirm the diagnosis. Areas of the hip bone have varied bone strength and blood supply, making the femoral neck one of the most vulnerable areas for fracture. A consultation to an orthopedic surgeon will determine surgical interventions. © 2018 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.