A hysterosalpingogram is an x-ray examination that allows visualization of the uterus and fallopian tubes with the use of contrast (x-ray dye). The procedure will be performed by your gynecologist with assistance from an x-ray technologist and/or radiologist.

The Procedure:

This exam is similar to a pap smear. The doctor will insert a speculum into your vagina. A cannula will be inserted; this is a thin tube that allows the doctor to inject contrast (x-ray dye) into the uterus and fallopian tubes.
The Radiologist (x-ray doctor) will be taking x-rays to record the study. The cannula and speculum will be removed, and the test will be complete.

Procedure time: 30 – 45 minutes

Patient Preparation Instructions:

  1. You may have a liquid supper (no milk products) the evening before the x-ray. Some examples of a liquid supper are chicken or beef broth, jello, or clear soups.
  2. You may have a liquid breakfast day of exam.
  3. You should have nothing to eat or drink 2 hours before test.

For Your Information:

  1. You will be asked to change into a hospital gown.
  2. You will be able to leave the x-ray department when the test is finished.
  3. Relax and follow the specific instructions given to you by the Medical Imaging staff.

If you have any questions regarding your test or prep call: 419-394-3335 extension 3550 for assistance.


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Ohio 45885-2400
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