A hysteroscopy is a procedure that enables a doctor to look inside the uterus and view this organ, as well as the cervix and the openings to the fallopian tubes. Hysteroscopies are done both for diagnostic purposes and as part of surgical procedures.
The tool used to perform a hysteroscopy is called a hysteroscope. The doctor will first dilate the cervix and then insert this thin, flexible tube with a light and a camera on the end through the vagina and cervix, into the uterus. Sometimes, medical staff will expand the uterus with gas or fluid, giving a better view of the area. The camera sends images to a video monitor.
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