Sonohysterography

Sonohysterography, also referred as saline induced sonohysterography (SIS), is an ultrasound technique that better characterises the uterine cavity and endometrium. It is particularly useful for evaluation of endometrial polyps.

A conventional endovaginal ultrasound of the pelvis should be performed before the sonohysterogram.

The study should be scheduled for day 4-7 in a woman's menstrual cycle. This is not as necessary in patients with abnormal uterine bleeding who are not sure about their cycle time points.

Positioning/room set up
  • some administer a NSAID one hour before the study
  • prophylactic antibiotics are not usually necessary
    • doxycycline may be administered if the fallopian tubes were previously shown to be dilated
  • patient consent should be obtained
Equipment
  • speculum
  • 20 ml syringe
  • hysterosonography catheter and 3 ml syringe for the catheter balloon
Technique

The catheter should be flushed with saline to eliminate air.

The patient is put in the lithotomy position and after identification of the cervix with the speculum, the cervix is prepped with iodine.

Then the catheter is introduced into the uterine cavity through the cervical os, and the balloon is inflated when past the cervix.

5-30 ml of warm sterile saline is then injected slowly during ultrasound imaging of the uterus. Imaging is performed in the coronal and sagittal planes. Sonographic volumes can be obtained for 3D ultrasound.

Some leave the speculum in place during the exam, but it may obscure visualisation with the endovaginal probe.

Make sure to image the lower uterine segment while the balloon is being deflated and removed.

Mild cramping and spotting are possible postprocedure adverse events.

There is a very small risk of bleeding and infection/endometritis (<1%) 3

Practical points
  • always make sure to flush the catheter before use
  • infuse saline slowly to avoid a vasovagal reaction
  • haemorrhage or clots in the uterus may lead to false positive findings
  • do not forget that although perhaps routine to the doctor and staff, the procedure may cause anxiety and sensitivity to the patient experience is critical
    • appropriate draping is critical
    • male and female physicians should be chaperoned by a female nurse or physician assistant
  • do not forget to do a quick physical exam of the outer genitalia and with the speculum before the procedure

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Article Information

rID: 35241
System: Gynaecology
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Saline infusion sonohysterography
  • SIS
  • Hysterosonography
  • Sonosalpingography
  • Sonohysterogram
  • Hysterosonogram
  • Sono-HSG

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