Answer to Question #10578 Submitted to "Ask the Experts"

Category: Medical and Dental Patient Issues — Diagnostic X Ray and CT

The following question was answered by an expert in the appropriate field:

I have had two HSG (hysterosalpingogram) tests to see if my fallopian tubes were blocked. The first test was in 2004 and the second test was in 2006. The machine had a continuous beam. It was not digital or pulsed. Both tests were at an imaging facility in California.

I would like to know an approximate radiation dose and if the radiation received to my organs will increase cancer risk.


According to Richard Kramer and colleagues (2006), the absorbed doses to the ovaries or uterus are on the order of 4 mGy (the article uses equivalent dose [mSv]) per examination. Any potential cancer risk from this dose is low.

David A. Schauer, ScD, CHP

Kramer R, Khoury HJ, Lopes C, Vieira JW. Equivalent dose to organs and tissues in hysterosalpingography calculated with the FAX (female adult voxel) phantom. The British Journal of Radiology 79:893–898; 2006.

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