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A 32-year-old female asked:

What is the possibility of hearing fetal heart tones, 6 weeks after conception? with a hand held doppler only. not an ultrasound.

3 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Carolyn Thompson
30 years experience
Zero: The handheld doppler is not sensitive enough to pick up heart tones at that early an age.
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Dr. Victor Beshay
Fertility Medicine 22 years experience
None: Hand held doppler is capable of picking up heart tones at 10 weeks gestation. Prior to that, ultrasound can be utilized for identifying the heart beat.
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Dr. Allison Urrutia
Obstetrics and Gynecology 16 years experience
Difficult: At six weeks fetus is very small, therefore, ultrasound is the best way to hear heart tones.
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Last updated Jan 14, 2014

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