The use, value and safety of herniography

Clin Radiol. 1999 Jul;54(7):468-72. doi: 10.1016/s0009-9260(99)90835-8.


Aims: To assess the safety, sensitivity and specificity of out-patient herniography when used to diagnose hernias in the presence of a normal or equivocal physical examination.

Materials and methods: This retrospective study reviewed the symptoms, clinical findings, radiological findings, surgical findings and clinical outcome of 112 patients referred for herniography over a 5-year period.

Results: No significant complications were encountered. Thirty hernias were diagnosed. There was one false-positive and one false-negative examination giving herniography a sensitivity of 96.6% and a specificity of 98.4%.

Conclusion: Herniography is a sensitive, specific, safe and reliable investigation which should be available to and used by all surgeons who perform hernia repair operations.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Decision Making
  • Female
  • Hernia, Inguinal / diagnostic imaging*
  • Hernia, Inguinal / economics
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Radiography
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Sensitivity and Specificity