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Q: hysterosalpingography ( Answered 1 out of 5 stars,   3 Comments )
Subject: hysterosalpingography
Category: Health > Women's Health
Asked by: evangeorge-ga
List Price: $2.00
Posted: 31 Jul 2002 23:03 PDT
Expires: 30 Aug 2002 23:03 PDT
Question ID: 47898
is the dye used in hysterosalpingography radioactive?
Subject: Re: hysterosalpingography
Answered By: blader-ga on 31 Jul 2002 23:43 PDT
Rated:1 out of 5 stars
Dear evangeorge:

According, the answer is: Yes.

Hysterosalpingography: injection of *radioactive dye* into the uterus
and fallopian tubes which is then x-rayed to see if the tubes are open
and the uterus is normally shaped

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evangeorge-ga rated this answer:1 out of 5 stars
information supplied is incorrect -- the dye is not radioactive.

Subject: Re: hysterosalpingography
From: hippychick-ga on 01 Aug 2002 08:46 PDT
  I believe one can avoid the radioactive dye, even though it is not
*that* radioactive - typical dose is 1 rad or 1000 millirads.
(this information from a table on )

On the Nassau Radiologic Group website, they state that a procedure
called "sono hysterosalpingography" uses ultrasound to get to the
bottom of what causes infertility.

"Non-radioactive in nature, ultrasound is used extensively on OB-GYN
procedures and is most commonly associated with fetal imaging.... Sono
hysterosalpingography is offered for the work up of infertility."

In addition, this procedure seems to be falling out of favor with the
medical community, as it is not as accurate as others:
"Compared to hysteroscopy, the radiographic procedure
hysterosalpingography is not as accurate in terms of specificity or
sensitivity for diagnosing intrauterine lesions in infertile women as
part of assisted fertilization procedures. The Brazilian authors
recommended hysteroscopy prior to in vitro fertilization and
artificial insemination. [Gynaecoloigical Endoscopy (2001;10:45-48)]"
(this from )

Search strategy: "Hysterosalpingography radioactive" (without the
quotes) and look a couple of pages deep into the results.

Subject: Re: hysterosalpingography
From: surgeon-ga on 15 Sep 2002 23:34 PDT
the dye used for hysterosalpingogram is NOT radioactive. The procedure
is an xray, so there is exposure to a small dose of radiation as is
true for any xray procedure
Subject: Re: hysterosalpingography
From: ammotat2-ga on 05 Sep 2004 08:12 PDT
As has been correctly stated, the contrast ("dye" is not the proper
name for it) is NOT, repeat NOT radioactive!!!!!  It is radiopaque,
which means it shows up on x-ray examinations.  The only modality that
uses radioactive isotopes is Nuclear Medicine....a hystero is NOT a NM

A Registered Radiologic Technologist who assists in hysteros day in and day out!

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