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  • Release Date: 11/25/2019
  • Expiration Date: 12/1/2022
  • Credit Hours: 1 Credit
  • Course Description and objectives:

    Course Description
    Infertility is a potentially life-changing diagnosis for couples who are trying to conceive. In the United States, infertility affects 6% of married women of reproductive age, and at least 1 million medical visits are for women seeking help in becoming pregnant. This number has been increasing over the last decade. A diagnosis of infertility and the associated management plan can lead to psychological stress, anxiety, and depression for one or both partners. Once a couple is determined to be infertile, prompt referral to a specialist is indicated. Treatment varies according to the cause and may include medication, surgical intervention, or assisted reproductive technology. Radiologic imaging plays a key role in the diagnostic evaluation of infertility in women. The pelvic causes of female infertility are varied and range from tubal and peritubal abnormalities to uterine, cervical, and ovarian disorders. Knowledge and selection of appropriate imaging tests and accurate characterization of the various causes of infertility are essential because these findings help direct subsequent patient care. The diagnostic work-up begins, in most cases, with a physical, bloodwork, and hysterosalpingography (HSG) to evaluate fallopian tube patency. This article reviews HSG and its role in the evaluation of infertility. It also discusses other imaging modalities and their indications for use. As women wait longer to have children, issues with being able to conceive and carry a baby to term increase. Appropriate use of imaging in infertile women is critical to managing this important outcome.

    Learning Objectives
    After reading this article, the participant should be able to:

    • Describe the risk factors and common causes of infertility in women.
    • Describe the role hysterosalpingography for evaluating infertility in women.
    • List the current imaging techniques used to investigate female infertility.

    Categories: Fluoroscopy, Digital Radiography/X-ray/Fluoroscopy

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    CE Information
    In order to receive CE credit, you must first complete the activity content. When completed, go to the “Take CE Test!” link to access the post-test.

    Submit the completed answers to determine if you have passed the post-test assessment. You must answer 6 out of 8 questions correctly to receive the CE credit. You will have no more than 3 attempts to successfully complete the post-test.

    Participants successfully completing the activity content and passing the post-test will receive 1.0 ARRT Category A credits or 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

    Approved by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists for ARRT Category A credit.

    Approved by the state of Florida for ARRT Category A credit.

    Texas direct credit.

    This activity may be available in multiple formats or from different sponsors. ARRT does not allow CE activities such as Internet courses, home study programs, or directed readings to be repeated for CE credit in the same biennium.

     


Hysterosalpingography in the Workup of Female Fertility Issues

Linda Giering, PhD*

*Medical Writer, Matawan, New Jersey

Address correspondence to: Linda Giering, PhD. Email: lindagiering@gmail.com.

Disclosure statement: The author reports having no significant financial or advisory relationships with corporate organizations related to this activity.

 

ABSTRACT

Infertility is a potentially life-changing diagnosis for couples who are trying to conceive. In the United States, infertility affects 6% of married women of reproductive age, and at least 1 million medical visits are for women seeking help in becoming pregnant. This number has been increasing over the last decade. A diagnosis of infertility and the associated management plan can lead to psychological stress, anxiety, and depression for one or both partners. Once a couple is determined to be infertile, prompt referral to a specialist is indicated. Treatment varies according to the cause and may include medication, surgical intervention, or assisted reproductive technology.

Radiologic imaging plays a key role in the diagnostic evaluation of infertility in women. The pelvic causes of female infertility are varied and range from tubal and peritubal abnormalities to uterine, cervical, and ovarian disorders. Knowledge and selection of appropriate imaging tests and accurate characterization of the various causes of infertility are essential because these findings help direct subsequent patient care. The diagnostic workup begins, in most cases, with a physical, bloodwork, and hysterosalpingography (HSG) to evaluate fallopian tube patency.

This article reviews HSG and its role in the evaluation of infertility. It also discusses other imaging modalities and their indications for use. As women wait longer to have children, issues with being able to conceive and carry a baby to term increase. Appropriate use of imaging in infertile women is critical to managing this important outcome. 

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