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I am 8weeks pregnant what if my doctor can't find the baby with an abdominal ultrasound?

I am 8weeks pregnant what if my doctor can't find the baby with an abdominal ultrasound?

Not to worry yet: It is often difficult to find the fetal heart with an abdominal probe at 8 weeks. A vaginal probe exam would certainly show it and you should consider having the vaginal probe ultrasound performed rather than waiting until next visit. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Gabor
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Sonogram (Definition)

An ultraound, also known as a sonogram, is a painless and relatively inexpensive imaging test that utilizes sound waves instead of ionizing radiation. There are no side effects. Ultrasound can give us two-dimensional, and in some applications three-dimensional, images of structures and organs in virtually any part of the body. In addition to diagnostic uses, such as evaluating abnormalities in the abdomen, pelvis, and breast, ultrasounds are commonly used to guide needle and catheter placement in a variety of surgical ...Read more


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How accurate are 6 week ultrasounds and why do some babies come 2 weeks early if ultrasounds are accurate?

How accurate are 6 week ultrasounds and why do some babies come 2 weeks early if ultrasounds are accurate?

Fairly accurate: Onset of labor and delivery depends on multiple factors, mostly maternal, and estimates are that 10% of infants are born earlier than 37 weeks. Age of mother, prenatal care, size and number of babies, uterine shape, maternal smoking or drugs, previous cervical cone biopsy and maternal infection are the most common. ...Read more

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Do ultrasounds let doctors measure babies?

Do ultrasounds let doctors measure babies?

Yes: Ultrasound machines are invaluable in managing pregnancy today, especially high-risk pregnancies. Not only do we measure the baby's size (head, abdomen, thigh bone), but we can evaluate all of the internal organs, from brain to bladder. We also can make sure the house is in order -- evaluating the placenta and the amniotic fluid quality, even measuring the cervical length. ...Read more

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How can they not know the number of babies in women like octamom on ultrasound?

How can they not know the number of babies in women like octamom on ultrasound?

Looking at shadows: An ultrasound is a way to use a sonar probe evaluate a two dimensional field. For multiple pregnancies its like counting potatoes moving around in a sack, only seeing one direction at a time. Unless you can find something distinctive about one of the potatoes, it would be easy to under/over count the total number this way. With 8 not all would be visible @ 1 time. ...Read more

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What to do if I have an ultrasound showing the babies head as dolichocephaly?

What to do if I have an ultrasound showing the babies head as dolichocephaly?

More info: If the brain structure is normal, don't do anything. Wait until the child is born. Dolichocephaly is a head shape description, and nothing more. It does not necessarily indicate a medical problem needing treatment. ...Read more

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During an ultrasound, what if fluid is noticed on babies brain?

During an ultrasound, what if fluid is noticed on babies brain?

Detailed Survey: If hydrocephalus is detected during a fetal ultrasound, a detailed evaluation of the fetus would be performed in an effort to detect causative lesions or associated anomalies in order to better guide further assessments. Amniocentesis for genetic evaluation is frequently suggested as well. ...Read more

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Daughter 8 weeks & ultrasound told babies are not living so DNC is scheduled for Tuesday. Devastated What happens now? Could ultrasound be wrong?

Confirm: I am sorry to hear about your situation. Make sure to confirm that there is no heartbeat by another ultrasound, especially before you have the D&C performed. Just to be on the safe side. ...Read more

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Why do my babies lips look sooo big in the ultrasound at 37 weeks?

Why do my babies lips look sooo big in the ultrasound at 37 weeks?

PREGNANCY: The ultrasound reading will tell you if there is any problem with the baby. Sometimes there is some technical errors. ...Read more

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My infant son's ultrasound showed thinning of cortex in right kidney. Is this dangerous?

My infant son's ultrasound showed thinning of cortex in right kidney. Is this dangerous?

Follow-up W/ Doctor: Your son's age, specific details not given. Thinning of cortex indicates decrease in structures important to kidney function; associated with lower urinary tract disorders in 50% of cases; is 1.5 times more common in males; can be associated w/ congenital anomalies of other organs in 30%. More info needed to formulate any conclusions about your son's prognosis. Follow-up w/ your doctor for answers ...Read more

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Hw many times during pregnacy are u suppoe to go for an ultrasound to check the babies weight gain?

Hw many times during pregnacy are u suppoe to go for an ultrasound to check the babies weight gain?

As needed: There is no specific recommendation for routine ultrasound exams during a normal pregnancy. However, most women are going to have at least one ultrasound at 18 to 21 weeks, the ideal time to evaluate for normal fetal structures. There will likely be additional sono's if there is a problem with the size of the uterus (abdominal measurements), gestational diabetes, elevated blood pressure, etc. ...Read more

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What is diagnostic ultrasound like for babies with spina bifida?

What is diagnostic ultrasound like for babies with spina bifida?

Like others: The ultrasound is like others performed with more specialized views of the region of interest. ...Read more

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I saw my babies heartbeat on a ultrasound at 7weeks, does that mean my chances of miscarriage are really low now?

I saw my babies heartbeat on a ultrasound at 7weeks, does that mean my chances of miscarriage are really low now?

Good sign: Seeing a heartbeat on ultrasound is certainly encouraging. Miscarriage rates are thought to be in the 5% range once a heartbeat is detected. ...Read more

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Ultrasound at 32 weeks. Due date was Sept 12th and changed to Sept 10th. Does this mean I conceived earlier or is it based off babies measurements?

Ultrasound at 32 weeks. Due date was Sept 12th and changed to Sept 10th. Does this mean I conceived earlier or is it based off babies measurements?

Measurements: Your first due date was likely based on your last period or some very early ultrasound measurements. Both are fairly inaccurate. As you progressed, your due date was refined based on later measurements. Remember, though, doctors (like anyone) are not great at predicting the future. Only about 5% of babies are born on their due date. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Want to know what kind of ultrasound need to undergo to check my babies features want to make sure that everything is ok I have sle and 25wks. Thanks?

Want to know what kind of ultrasound need to undergo to check my babies features want to make sure that everything is ok I have sle and 25wks. Thanks?

Fetal ultrasound: Hi. Do you see an OB/Gyn? She/he will know exactly what is needed. SLE can complicate pregnancy, as I'm sure you are aware. You should be in close contact with your OB/Gyn, the person who will DO your fetal ultrasound! Good luck! ...Read more