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radiography of the uterus and fallopian tubes.
Radiography of the uterus and fallopian tubes after the injection of radiopaque material.
[hystero- + G. salpinx, a trumpet, + graphō, to write]
Etymology: L, uterus + Gk, salpinx, tube, graphein, to record
a radiographic examination of the uterus and fallopian tubes.
hysterosalpingographyA method for evaluating uterine tubal pathology, in which radiocontrast is instilled transcervically into the endometrial cavity and fallopian tubes, followed by fluoroscopy or taking plain films, as a way of defining the uterine cavity and tube.
Evaluation of infertility (e.g., to determine fallopian tube patency), uterine-cavity (e.g., submucosal) leiomyomas, endocervical and endometrial polyps, pelvic tuberculosis, intrauterine adhesion-synequiae, endometrial cancer, congenital malformations (e.g., müllerian duct abnormalities), bicornuate uterus, septate uterus, uterus didelphys, uterine hypoplasia, and DES-induced defects.
Hysterosalpingography has waned in popularity, due to high false-positivity and false-negativity.
radiography of the uterus and uterine tubes, usually done with contrast in the nongravid uterus. Called also hysterosalpingography.