Fluoroscopic procedures including Hysterosalpingography (HSG)
A Video Fluoroscopic Swallowing Exam (VFSE) looks at how you swallow different
liquids and foods. It uses a special real-time form of x-ray called fluoroscopy.
The doctor watches as the patient swallows items with different thicknesses
and textures. These items may range from thin barium to barium-coated
cookies. A VFSE allows the doctor to test your ability to swallow safely
What is Hysterosalpingography?
Hysterosalpingography (HSG) is an x-ray exam of the uterus and fallopian
tubes. It uses a special form of x-ray called fluoroscopy and a contrast material.
An x-ray (radiograph) is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians
diagnose and treat medical conditions. Imaging with x-rays involves exposing
a part of the body to a small dose of ionizing radiation to produce pictures
of the inside of the body. X-rays are the oldest and most frequently used
form of medical imaging.
Your doctor uses fluoroscopy to see your internal organs in motion. Your
doctor or technologist will fill your uterus and fallopian tubes with
a water-soluble contrast material. Your radiologist will then use fluoroscopy
to view and assess them.
- This exam is minimally invasive; complications are rare.
- It can offer valuable information on problems getting pregnant or carrying
a fetus to term.
- It can potentially open blocked fallopian tubes to allow you to become
pregnant in the future.
- No radiation remains in a patient's body after an x-ray examination.
- X-rays usually have no side effects in the typical diagnostic range for