Your doctor has recommended you for vaginography. This is a fluoroscopic examination of the vagina after the injection of contrast. Vaginography can help diagnose congenital abnormalities, vaginal fistulae and other pathological conditions. Richard Sukov, MD, FACR, chief of Gastrointestinal Radiology at Cedars-Sinai, leads a team of physicians, nurses and technologists who specialize in these studies.
Before Your Procedure
- There are no special preparations for this study.
- If your doctor gave you an order, please bring it with you.
- We want to make any time you have to wait as pleasant as possible. Consider bringing your favorite magazine, book or music player to help you pass the time.
During Your Procedure
- The technologist will explain your procedure and answer any questions you may have prior to your exam.
- You will be asked to change into a gown and to lie on the exam table on your back with your arms at your side.
- You will be asked to place a small tube into your vagina. An iodinated contrast agent will then be instilled through the tube.
- Your procedure will take approximately 30 minutes. This may be longer if more images are required.
After Your Procedure
- Your study will be read by the imaging physician and results sent to your physician, usually within 24 hours.
- Your physician will discuss these results with you and explain what they mean in relation to your health.