Services » Hysterosalpingogram
This X-ray examination of your uterus and fallopian tubes will be performed by a technologist who is an expert in the use of X-ray equipment and a radiologist, who is a doctor specialising in medical diagnosis using X-rays.
Available from Cashmere Radiology.
The examination will usually take 30 minutes. Please allow yourself plenty of time.
If you have had any allergies, asthma, or drug reactions please tell us prior to the examination.
HOW TO PREPARE
It is best to time the procedure between the 5th and 10th day after your period begins. No special preparation is required. Continue to take all usual medications.
WHAT TO EXPECT
You will be asked to remove most of your clothing and will be given a gown to wear.
After you have entered the X - ray room you will be positioned on the X - ray table. The radiologist will perform a speculum examination and will place a thin tube into your uterus. Special dye (contrast) will be injected through this tube and a small number of X - rays will be obtained.
The speculum examination can be uncomfortable but the procedure is not usually painful.
From time to time you will be asked to remain still and hold your breath for a short time while X - ray pictures are obtained.
HOW IT WORKS
Normally your uterus and fallopian tubes do not show up on X-ray film because they are similar in density to the surrounding tissues.
The contrast agent fills the cavity of the uterus and then enters the fallopian tubes. If the tubes are open their entire length will usually be outlined by the contrast and a little will spill from the end of the tubes into the space around the ovaries.
While the majority of women feel no significant after effects some experience abdominal discomfort or occasionally pain. This is usually relieved by Panadeine, Aspirin, Ponstan, or other treatment you find useful for painful periods. Do not be alarmed if you notice a slight, bloody discharge. This will clear quickly.
The radiologist will often be able to tell you the result immediately after the examination but sometimes she / he will need to study your films.
The report will be sent to your doctor. The films will be sent to you, to your doctor, or kept in our file, depending on prior arrangements.
WHAT ABOUT THE RESULTS
The radiologist will often be able to tell you the result immediately after the examination but sometimes she / he will need to study your images.
The report will be sent to your referrer.