Our doctors at Family Beginnings perform several diagnostic services that assist with infertility assessment.
Read more about these procedures below:
A saline infusion sonogram (SIS) is a diagnostic procedure where the doctor uses saline and an ultrasound to look for polyps or fibroids in the uterus. Saline is injected into the uterine cavity through the cervix, and any defects present are seen by transvaginal ultrasound. The ultrasound will also show if the uterus is tilted, which gives us important information for your eventual embryo transfer. This is a trial embryo transfer. Studies have shown that this technique is very important for IVF success.
A hysterosalpingogram (HSG) is a diagnostic procedure that uses an x-ray to view the uterus and fallopian tubes. It will show the uterine cavity filled with dye and any defects like fibroids, polyps, septae, or scar tissue will be visible. It will also show if the fallopian tubes are open or closed. If a patient has dilated fallopian tubes, the chances to get pregnant with IVF go down. The tubes may have to be excised through laparoscopy.
A laparoscopy is a surgical procedure where the doctor passes a fiber-optic instrument through the abdomen to view the outside of your uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries. If you have signs and symptoms of endometriosis or pelvic pain, a laparoscopy may help treat as well as diagnose the condition.
A hysteroscopy is a surgical procedure where the doctor passes a fiber-optic instrument through the cervix to view the inside of the uterus and fallopian tubes. The doctor can then remove polyps, adhesions, and fibroids. Hysteroscopy is referred to as the “Gold Standard” test because it allows the doctor to see the entire uterine cavity.