This procedure involves the injection of x-ray dye to look at the fallopian tubes and uterus under x-ray guidance.
The procedure is undertaken similar to a pap smear and is commonly performed to check fallopian tubes in women who are having difficulty falling pregnant.
This procedure is available at the following Dr Jones & Partners locations:
- Alice Springs Hospital
- Calvary Wakefield Hospital
- Kurralta Park
- Noarlunga Hospital
- Pt Augusta Hospital
- Pt Pirie Hospital
- Pt Lincoln Hospital
- St Andrew’s Hospital
You will be set up in a similar fashion to a pap smear but on a specialised X-ray table. You will be assisted by a female nurse. A Radiologist, Nurse and Radiographer will be present throughout the procedure. We do our best to have female staff for these tests, however some of our Specialist Radiologists are Male. This can be confirmed and checked at time of booking.
A speculum is inserted into the vagina to allow the Radiologist to visualise the cervix. A small catheter is inserted into the uterus through the cervix and dye is injected. The X-ray machine is used to take pictures of the dye in the uterus and fallopian tubes. At time of injection you may experience mild discomfort and cramping similar to period pain.
Upon completion of the test the catheter and speculum are removed.
Risks / Side Effects
Occasionally some women have discomfort and spotting up to 48hrs post procedure. A sanitary napkin is provided if bleeding occurs. If you experience any discharge that is abnormal for you please consult your GP.
Before your Scan
At time of booking you will be asked when your last menstrual cycle was. The procedure is performed in the first 10 days of your menstrual cycle (after bleeding has finished). This is done to ensure that you are not pregnant at the time of the procedure.