Hysterosalpingography is an X-ray of the cavities of the uterus and fallopian tubes. Hysterosalpingography studies the uterine cavity and fallopian tubes that are not visible on standard radiographs. It is a useful examination in the assessment of sterility, infections, genital bleeding, pain.
This examination uses x-rays and an iodine-based contrast agent.
Its principle consists in opacifying and visualizing the cavity of the uterus and fallopian tubes. The contrast medium is injected into the uterus through a probe. It diffuses and lines the walls of the uterus and then the fallopian tubes, which will be visible on the images thanks to the radiopaque properties of iodine.
Duration of hospital stay
The patient can leave the hospital or clinic after the examination.
Average length of stay
1 to 2 days.
Only one visit is necessary.
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This examination is performed in the first part of the menstrual cycle. A radiologist performs this examination.
The examination should not be performed in case of pregnancy.
No preparation is necessary.
If you are allergic, tablets to be taken the day before and on the day of the examination may be prescribed.
During the examination, the patient lies on her back or in a gynaecological position.
The examination is performed under sterile conditions. The radiologist first puts the speculum and then introduces the probe into the uterine cavity. The contrast medium is injected slowly. Several shots are then taken in different positions to follow its progress in the uterus and then in the fallopian tubes. The patient should not move and block her breathing. The probe is removed after the examination.
The exam lasts about 30 minutes.
After the examination, use a panty liner, as a discharge of the product may occur for one or two days.
The injection of the contrast medium can be responsible for pain identical to that of menstruation. They are temporary and pain relievers will be prescribed if necessary.
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