Hysterosalpingography, also called uterosalpingography, is an X-ray of a woman's uterus and fallopian tubes using a contrast material. This special technique is called Fluoroscopy.
Common Uses of the Procedure
Hysterosalpingography is primarily used to examine women who have difficulty becoming pregnant.
Your radiologist evaluates the shape and structure of the uterus, the openness of the fallopian tubes, and any scarring within the peritoneal cavity.
The procedure can be used to investigate repeated miscarriages that result from congenital abnormalities of the uterus and determine the presence and severity of these abnormalities, including:
- Tumor masses
- Uterine fibroids
Hysterosalpingography is also used to evaluate the fallopian tubes and to monitor the effects of tubal surgery, including:
- Blockage of the fallopian tubes due to infection or scarring
- Tubal ligation
- The closure of the fallopian tubes in a sterilization procedure and a sterilization reversal
- The re-opening of the fallopian tubes following a sterilization or disease-related blockage
- The effectiveness of the Essure procedure for permanent birth control