What is a Hysterosalpingogram? 

A hysterosalpingogram is also called HSG. A HSG is an X-ray procedure. The exam uses contrast dye to show the fallopian tubes and the shape of the uterine cavity. It is usually performed 7-10 days after your period. 

How Do I Prepare for a HSG?     

There is no prep for this exam. However, it is important to schedule the exam 7-10 days after the onset of your period. Before the exam, tell your doctor and/or technologist if you are or might be pregnant or are breastfeeding. 

You will be asked to read and sign a consent form for this exam. You will be asked to wear a hospital gown during the exam.

Information to Bring

Before your procedure bring your insurance information, personal identification, prescription for the exam and any prior studies and reports for comparison to today’s scan.

What Happens During the Exam?

You will be asked to lie on an X-ray table and your legs will be put up in stirrups (leg holders).  A dye is injected through the cervix. This dye helps to outline the uterus and fallopian tubes.  After the dye is injected, an X-ray is taken.

What Happens After the Exam?

An HSG may cause mild or moderate cramping for a few minutes. However, some women may have cramps for several hours. To reduce the cramps please do what you normally would do for period cramps. If you have any questions about what to take, please contact your doctor. After the exam, you may experience some spotting for 1 to 2 days. If heavy bleeding occurs, contact your doctor.

You can return to your normal activities and usual diet unless told otherwise by your doctor.

When Do I Get the Results?

You can expect your physician to receive a written report within 3 to 5 working days.

About Our Staff and Equipment 

The equipment of HUMC radiology is maintained in excellent condition. All of our equipment meets federal government standards.

Our radiology center is operated by radiologists who are certified by the American Board of Radiology. Our technologists are licensed by the State of New Jersey and are certified by The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. With top-tier certifications and licenses given to its staff, our Radiology Department is able to provide quality services to patients in Northern New Jersey and beyond.

HUMC: A Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence

The American College of Radiology (ACR) has recognized Hackensack University Medical Center as the first-ever Diagnostic Imaging Centers of Excellence Award recipient. This elite distinction recognizes HUMC’s excellence in diagnostic imaging. The award was presented to Harry Agress Jr., M.D., FACR, Chairman Emeritus, Department of Radiology and director of the PET/CT Center and Division of Nuclear Medicine, during ACR’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, May 7, 2013. As one of only two centers nationwide to receive this designation, Hackensack UMC stands as one of the best hospitals in New Jersey and radiology department in the greater northeastern region.

Survey and Contact Information 

You may receive a survey by mail. We are asking for feedback on how we can improve our services and care. Please take a few minutes to reply. We would appreciate your input in order to provide the highest quality of care.  

If you have any questions about any procedures, please call our Radiology Department at 551-996-2245.

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