Implementing a Holistic Approach to a Radiographer-Led Hysterosalpingogram (HSG) Service: a review of impact and patient perception.

Helena Kinkaid, Janet Eagle, Sonyia McFadden

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Introduction: Radiographer role development has touched boundaries across the multidisciplinary team and more recently branched into the field of gynaecology. Radiographers are now able to perform tasks that were traditionally performed by radiologists and gynaecologists to implement a radiographer-led Hysterosalpingogram (HSG) service. The aims of the study were to (i) implement a radiographer-led HSG service with a view to decreasing waiting times. (ii) To determine ladies perceptions and satisfaction levels. Method: Local clinical guidelines were developed with the radiologist/gynaecologist and trainee HSG radiographers. A robust system of work was initiated which required maintaining comprehensive log books to record examinations performed and reports written. These were audited and compared with those of the radiologist. Audit cycles were monitored through Q Pulse to ensure good practise was maintained. Patient satisfaction surveys were developed and distributed to 100 consecutive ladies attending for HSG over a 6 month period from January–July 2017. Results: The radiographer-led service has increased the number of appointment slots offered for HSG's throughout the year as the service now runs every week. HSG's were performed by 5 staff members but now only require 3 staff. A 75% response rate was achieved from the questionnaire survey and shows high patient satisfaction levels. Ladies reported being better informed about their examination resulting in decreased anxiety, concerns and discomfort. Conclusion: The implementation of this service has successfully reduced waiting lists for HSG examinations from 14 to 0 weeks. The Trust has saved £15,000 on staff salaries per annum since the service started.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)365-373
Number of pages9
Issue number4
Early online date17 Jun 2019
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 1 Nov 2019


  • radiography, advanced practice, HSG
  • Hysterosalpingogram
  • Radiographer-led hysterosalpingogram
  • Imaging of infertility
  • Skill mix
  • Role development


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