Two to fourteen percent of primary total joint replacement cases develop periprosthetic joint infection (PJI), a devastating complication. PJI animal models for hip and knee are required to evaluate prevention and treatment methods. We developed a novel rat model for PJI using a 3D printed titanium hip implant. Implant stability in the rats was monitored with 7T MRI using Ultrashort Echo Time (UTE) imaging and classical spin echo imaging. UTE demonstrated superior image quality compared to spin echo imaging. This rat model will provide a unique opportunity to validate and study strategies focusing on the prevention and treatment of PJI.