Programs & Services at Sterling Regional MedCenter  

Uterus and fallopian tube exams

 

To schedule an appointment please call scheduling at (970) 521-3146.

Sterling Regional MedCenter provides high-quality exams of the uterus and fallopian tubes. This exam, also known as a hysterosalpingogram, is an X-ray following  the injection of a contrast agent. 

The contrast is injected into the uterus and fallopian tubes through the vagina and cervix.  The examination reveals the size, shape, and location of the uterus and fallopian tubes.   The examination is usually performed to determine if fallopian tubes are open.  It is also performed for any other apparent abnormalities or defects.

Preparation
It is important that this examination be performed seven to 10 days after the first day of your last menstrual period.  Your physician will schedule this with you.  There are no dietary restrictions. 

A patient undergoing a hysterosalpingogram cannot be pregnant. 

Because contrast material is used for this examination, please advise the technologist if you have an allergy to medication, foods, and have any history of hay fever or asthma.

Procedure

  • You will be asked to change into a patient gown. 
  • You will be asked to lie on your back on the X-ray table with your knees flexed. 
  • This is the same position similar to a routine gynecological examination. 
  • The radiologist and/or OB/Gyn will clean your skin with a sterile iodine solution.  You will have a blanket draped over your knees. 
  • A speculum will be inserted into your vagina and a small catheter will be inserted into the cervical canal. 
  • The contrast agent will be injected through the catheter while the radiologist takes a series of films.  This contrast will fill your uterus and fallopian tubes.  There may be cramping during and after the procedure.  After the injection the technologist will take another series of X-rays.
  • You will be given a sanitary pad to wear home, as spotting is normal after this examination.  We suggest that you have someone drive you home after the examination.  You may take Tylenol or Motrin for cramps.  If you should experience heavy bleeding or severe cramps, contact your doctor immediately.

Your films will be read by the radiologist who will send a report to your doctor.

Important note:
If you are of child-bearing age and think there is any possibility of pregnancy, it is important that you inform the physician ordering these X-rays and tell the technologist taking your X-rays.  If you have any known allergies to contrast, iodine, or foods please inform your physician BEFORE proceeding with any of the instructions that follow.
Sterling Regional MedCenter
615 Fairhurst St.
Sterling, CO 80751
(970) 522-0122
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