Salpingography is a valuable diagnostic tool whose main purpose is to investigate infertility by checking the patency of the fallopian tubes (Tubal Patency Test). It is a test that helps visualize the uterus and the fallopian tubes. Thus, your doctor can identify any obstructions or inherent problems in these areas.
Salpingography, or hysterosalpingography, is performed via an X-ray machine. Your doctor will advance a special catheter to your cervix to infuse a contrast agent. In this way, your doctor will be able to track and trace the course of the contrast agent on a radiology monitor. The test takes about 30 minutes. The contrast agent moves from the uterus towards the fallopian tubes and its course is projected on a radiology monitor.
Salpingography can detect the obstruction of the fallopian tubes that is caused by adhesions, inflammations, and tumors and prevents fertilization. Also, it can identify any anatomical defect of the uterus that may be responsible for miscarriages or implant failures.
Ultrasound salpingographyUltrasound salpingography is based on the principles of classic salpingography but, instead of a contrast agent being injected to your vein, doctors use a special gel, which is hypoallergenic. In addition to its diagnostic role, it can also have a therapeutic character, as it has a mild obstructive action. The test does not require any special preparation or taking antibiotics or pain killers. Unlike classic salpingography, it does not need to be performed on a specific day of your menstruation cycle, although it is advisable to have it before ovulation.
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