If you are experiencing abnormal menstrual bleeding or pain in your uterus, your doctor may recommend an imaging procedure called a hsyterosonogram to diagnose you. Hysterosonograms are performed very similarly to traditional pelvic exams, with the addition of a transducer to create images. In this article, we will discuss everything you need to know about hysterosonograms including what they are, what they are used for, how long they take and whether or not they hurt.
A hysterosonogram is a procedure that is used to see and diagnose issues in the inner lining of the uterus, which is called the endometrium. The endometrium has two layers and this procedure allows your radiologist to see between the two layers of the endometrium to find any issues. The ultrasound can create a higher-resolution image of the area than an x-ray, and is safer for patients since ultrasounds don’t use ionizing radiation like x-rays do.
Your doctor or OGBYN may suggest a hysterosonogram for women who are experiencing excessive bleeding. The procedure can diagnose and help identify any irregularities or masses on the endometrium like fibroids or polyps. A hysterosonogram might be recommended by your doctor after an initial pelvic ultrasound showed a possible abnormality.
What happens during a hysterosonogram?
An ultrasound probe is inserted into the vagina. The probe then employs sound waves to create images of the body. A soft tube with saline fluid is then inserted through the vagina and into the uterus, and once that is inserted another ultrasound is taken over the belly.
Does the procedure hurt?
You may experience a bit of discomfort during your hysterosonogram, but the procedure should feel not much different than your annual pelvic exam or pap smear. The saline may cause temporary cramping, but this should subside shortly after the fluid is removed.
How long does a hysterosonogram take and how can I prepare?
The procedure should take no longer than an hour to complete. It’s important to schedule the procedure when you are not menstruating—one week after your menstruation is complete is best to avoid infection. Little preparation is required for this procedure; however, you should inform your doctor if you might be pregnant. Your radiologist or imaging center staff will let you know if there are additional ways you can prepare before your scheduled procedure.
If you are experiencing abnormal bleeding or your doctor is recommending you receive a hysterosonogram in Manhattan, call the board-certified radiologists at Rosetta Radiology today to book your appointment today.