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Hysterosalpingography (HSG) is an outpatient fluoroscopy procedure that evaluates the uterine cavity and fallopian tube patency. HSG is commonly performed as part of an infertility evaluation or after placement of contraceptive micro-inserts.

This topic will review the indications for HSG, preparation, technique, and test results. Other methods for assessing the uterine cavity and tubal patency are reviewed separately.

(See "Saline infusion sonohysterography".)

(See "Overview of hysteroscopy".)


HSG is the evaluation of the uterine cavity, fallopian tubes, and adjacent peritoneal cavity following the injection of contrast material through the cervical canal [1,2]. It is performed as a real-time outpatient examination under fluoroscopy with iodinated water-soluble radio-opaque material.

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