Download and print as a PDFDownload
A Hysterosalpingogram (HSG) is a specialist x-ray examination looking at the anatomy of the uterus and fallopian tubes. An x-ray dye is used to visualise the area on x-rays.
The test needs to be performed between day 1 and day 14 of your menstrual cycle and will take approximately 30 minutes.
To make an appointment please telephone the department on the first day of your period: 01273 523040
In order to perform this examination it is very important that you follow
the following instructions
You may bring someone to the department on the day of the appointment but they will not be able to be in the room during the examination.
You will be asked to change into a gown and will then be taken through to the imaging room, you may bring a dressing gown too if you wish.
X-ray dye (clear fluid that shows on images) will then be gently introduced into your uterus, and this will also
highlight your fallopian tubes. Several X-ray images will be taken then the tube and speculum will be removed.
The examination will be carried out by a team of staff including a radiologist, a radiographer and a health care
As soon as the procedure is finished you will be shown to a private toilet where you can wash and change and will be free to go. The x-ray dye (contrast) may leak after the procedure so we advise that you bring a sanitary towel with you.
You will be given the results on the day of the examination and they will also be sent to your referring doctor.
We will give you an information sheet explaining about the aftercare
for the procedure:
As this procedure involves x-rays, there are the usual slight risks associated with ionising radiation. The amount of radiation we use is very small. However the benefits of having this procedure done outweigh the risk.
There is a less than 1 in 200 chance of developing a pelvic infection after the examination. This will be discussed in detail once you are in the x-ray room on the day of your appointment.
If you are unable to tolerate this procedure your referring doctor will be informed and he/she can decide if an alternative examination is appropriate for you.
If you have any further queries regarding your procedure, please feel free to ask questions on the day of your examination, or speak to your referring clinician.
If you have vision, mobility or access issues, or have any questions, please contact the Imaging Department on 01273 523040, Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm.
This information is intended for patients receiving care in Brighton & Hove or Haywards Heath.
The information here is for guidance purposes only and is in no way intended to replace professional clinical advice by a qualified practitioner.
Publication Date: May 2021
Review Date: December 2022