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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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Should too many ultrasounds be avoided? Could they cause miscarriage, especially in early pregnancy?

Should too many ultrasounds be avoided? Could they cause miscarriage, especially in early pregnancy?

US only when necess.: Ultrasound (us) is a very safe examination. However, it should be used only when necessary to properly care for the patient or fetus. Why? Us uses high frequency sound waves that we cannot hear, but do have energy. Some us techniques involving doppler to look at blood flow are even more energetic. We do not know for sure what that energy could do to a fetus or embryo, so no us unless necessar. ...Read more

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Can longer implantation time affect dating ultrasounds in early pregnancy?Can it affect growth estimates in early pregnancy and date you behind?

Can longer implantation time affect dating ultrasounds in early pregnancy?Can it affect growth estimates in early pregnancy and date you behind?

"Dating" a fetus: The "dating" refers to the gestational age of the developing fetus not a social romantic encounter. Ultrasounds are only accurate plus or minus 2 weeks gestation unless done serially.(more than one). 'That is why OB MD's use multiple parameters to date pregnancies including LMP(last period), pelvic exam uterine size, etc. "Dating" is an inexact science in life and medicine. ...Read more

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Can early iugr be diagnosed in the first trimester of pregnancy? If all ultrasounds match up does this mean pregnant progressing normally?

Can early iugr be diagnosed in the first trimester of pregnancy? If all ultrasounds match up does this mean pregnant progressing normally?

Unlikely: Risks for iugr should be evaluated thoroughly (e.g. Previous iugr pregnancy, smoking, placental irregularities, etc...). Clinically, regular fundal height measurements are invaluable. ...Read more

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Are vaginal ultrasounds safe during early pregnancy? Can they cause miscarriage? Had mild cramping for a day after getting one done and it scared me.

Are vaginal ultrasounds safe during early pregnancy? Can they cause miscarriage? Had mild cramping for a day after getting one done and it scared me.

Yes: Vaginal ultrasounds are safe during early pregnancy. Many women are afraid of them because they are often done in women who are very high risk for miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy. ...Read more

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How accurate are ultrasounds during early pregnancy? I had one at the ER are the ones given in the obgyn office more accurate? Thoughts? Transvaginal

How accurate are ultrasounds during early pregnancy? I had one at the ER are the ones given in the obgyn office more accurate? Thoughts? Transvaginal

Both are accurate: Er and ob/gyn are both accurate for gestational age; typically transvaginal is more accurate than transabdominal. Ultrasound performed in the er in early pregnancy are typically ordered to confirm whether or not you are pregnant, and how far along you are. The scans typically performed by your ob/gyn are often are more detailed to determine how your fetus and its anatomy are developing. ...Read more

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How early in prgnacy can you get an ultrasound?

How early in prgnacy can you get an ultrasound?

6-8 weeks: The best time to have a first ultrasound in pregnancy is 6-8 weeks. At this time a heartbeat and fetal pole (fetus) should be seen. If not, could be due inaccurate lmp. Early ultrasounds may see the gestational sac and no fetus, thus need repeating. Therefore, best time is at around 6-8 weeks. ...Read more

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How early can u see a pregnancy on xray/ultra sound?

How early can u see a pregnancy on xray/ultra sound?

About 6-7 weeks : Depending on the first day of your last period usually we see a pregnancy around 6-7 weeks (we see a thickening of the uterus lining first around 4 weeks, then a sac with fluid with a little dot (fetal pole) around 5 weeks. If we look with a transvaginal ultrasound we see it around 6-7 (with heartbeat). If you are not sure about dates we do a bhcg; 1500 transvaginal, 2500 abdominal ultrasound. ...Read more

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Dr. Chevies Newman
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Premature (Definition)

Very premature is a condition in which a baby is delivered between 28 and 31 weeks' gestation. Depending on how premature, how sick, and how lucky or unlucky a baby is, he can get brain problems, cerebral palsy, blindness, deafness, developmental problems, learning disabilities, severe lung diseases, infection and loss of some intestines, etc... Babies who are only moderately premature usually ...Read more


Dr. Neigatha Graney
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more