Visualizing cortical bone with MRI is challenging, as it appears as signal void in conventional MRI. Both the “black bone” technique and the zero-TE (ZTE) sequence have been proposed for cortical bone visualization. While the “black bone” technique potentially provides better cortical bone to soft tissue contrast, the ZTE sequence enables differentiation from air. This work aimed to compare the two techniques for visualizing cortical bone in the hip. Our results show that cortical bone visualization was compromised using the “black bone” technique due to chemical shift artifacts, while ZTE MRI delivered excellent depiction of the cortical bone.