Why have a Hysterosalpingogram (HSG?)
This test is used to examine the inside of 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 to co-ordinate between days 4 to up 12 of your menstrual cycle.
The timing for this examination is completely dependent upon your individual menstrual cycle. This ensures there is no possibility of your being pregnant.
If you are spotting red blood on the day of the appointment, please telephone us as we may need to delay the examination.
There is a consent form for this examination outlining the preparation, procedure, possible complications and aftercare. You will be asked to read through this, asked questions to ensure you are happy to continue with the procedure and lastly to sign the consent form.
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 and a Medical Imaging Technologist will be in the room with you. They will explain the procedure, but don't hesitate to ask them if you do not understand or have questions.
You are most welcome to bring your partner or support person with you into the x-ray room.
This examination is similar to an internal examination when you have a cervical smear test. A speculum is inserted into the vagina, a small tube placed into the cervix. A radiology contrast will be introduced through a tube to fill the uterus and fallopian tubes. The Radiologist takes x-ray images immediately after the introduction of the contrast.
The test will usually take between 20 and 40 minutes. Only a small part of this time however, is taken to introduce the contras.
After the examination
The Radiologist will review the images and send a written report to your referring Doctor.
You will be given a detailed after care sheet which outlines possible complications.
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.