Why have a Hysterosalpingogram (also known as HSG)?

This test is used to examine the uterus and the fallopian tubes.

Preparing for the test

Please telephone on the first day of your menstrual period, so we can schedule this examination.

We will make your appointment between days 4 to 10 of your menstrual cycle (i.e. immediately after to five days after, your menstrual period finishes). This ensures there is no possibility of your being pregnant. If you are spotting on the day of the appointment, please telephone us as we need to delay the examination - if we proceed, the examination may not be successful.

Contrast media

See contrast medium for more information.

This examination requires you to have some contrast medium introduced into the uterus. This fluid is opaque to X-rays and shows the inside of the uterus and the fallopian tubes. It is colourless, so you cannot see it when you go to the toilet.

Who does the test?

A Radiologist (x-ray doctor) and a Radiographer (x-ray technician) will be in the room with you. They will explain the procedure, but don't hesitate to ask them if you do not understand.

You are most welcome to bring your partner with you into the room.

The procedure

This examination is similar to an internal examination when you have a cervical smear test.

The test will usually take between 20 and 40 minutes. Only a small part of this time however, is taken to introduce the contrast medium. There is a required delay between images to see if the contrast flows up the tubes, and the Radiologist and Radiographer will tell you about the examination as it proceeds.

Contrast medium will be introduced through a tube inserted into the cervix. The Radiologist takes x-ray images immediately after the introduction of the contrast. The Radiographer takes at least one other image a little time later.

After the examination:

The Radiologist will review the images and send a written report to your referring Doctor/Specialist.

Please settle your account on the day of the examination.

Please contact Hamilton Radiology on 07 839 4909 or 0800 HAMRAD (426 723) for an appointment. 

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