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Dr. Paul Velt
Board Certified, Diagnostic Radiology
37 years in practice
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What are the chances being pregnant with twins and the twin remaining hidden on a 12 week ultrasound?

Dr. Paul Velt
Board Certified, Diagnostic Radiology
37 years in practice
776K people helped
What are the chances being pregnant with twins and the twin remaining hidden on a 12 week ultrasound?

Not likely : If there's twins, it would be unlikely that the other twin would not be seen. ...Read more

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Dr. William Forsythe
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Dr. Brad Goldenberg
Board Certified, Pediatrics
31 years in practice
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Can a vanishing twin actually be hidden? I am 35 have and have 10 living children, 4 miscarriages . 6 week sonogram clearly showed 1 baby. 8 week sonogram showed 1 baby with heartbeat and another sac partially hidden behind baby. It definitely wasn't eas

Dr. Brad Goldenberg
Board Certified, Pediatrics
31 years in practice
2M people helped
Can a vanishing twin actually be hidden? I am 35 have and have 10 living children, 4 miscarriages . 6 week sonogram clearly 
showed 1 baby. 8 week sonogram showed 1 baby with heartbeat and another sac partially hidden behind baby.
It definitely wasn't eas

Yes: It sounds like a retained dead twin that was small and not so much hidden, but difficult to see. This does not happen often, but it definitely can happen... ...Read more

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Dr. William Forsythe
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Dr. T. Allen Merritt
Board Certified, Neonatology
44 years in practice
95K people helped
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Can both of the twins be seen in detail with an ultrasound?

Dr. T. Allen Merritt
Board Certified, Neonatology
44 years in practice
95K people helped
Can both of the twins be seen in detail with an ultrasound?

Usually: Depending on the position of the twins, the sonographer it is usually, but not always, possible to image both twins in detail and determine gender, whether they are monochorionic or dichorinonic, and to visualize their umbilical cords. However, this depends on their current gestational age. Optimal images may take more than one visit for an ultrasonogram. ...Read more

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
24 years in practice
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What should I do if my ultrasound didn't detect one of my twins?

Dr. Padmavati Garvey
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
24 years in practice
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What should I do if my ultrasound didn't detect one of my twins?

Common occurence: Early on in pregnancy it is not uncommon to lose on of the twins. If this happens early then chances are you will continue to carry the other baby without any problems. ...Read more

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Dr. William Forsythe
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Dr. Eric Goodman
Board Certified, Radiology
22 years in practice
112K people helped
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What are 3d ultrasounds? What is the kind of ultrasound that creates 3d looking pictures? Is it an issue of level 2 ultrasound vs. Something else?

Dr. Eric Goodman
Board Certified, Radiology
22 years in practice
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What are 3d ultrasounds? What is the kind of ultrasound that creates 3d looking pictures? Is it an issue of level 2 ultrasound vs. Something else?

2D vs 3D: 3d ultrasound is a software upgrade to newer ultrasound machines. The software allows the ultrasound machine to create beautiful images. These additional images rarely improve the diagnostic accuracy if the ultrasound exam. A level 2 obstetrical ultrasound does not typically include 3d images. ...Read more

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Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
25 years in practice
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Is my ultrasound of twins? i was 6 weeks 6days..

Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
25 years in practice
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Is my ultrasound of twins? i was 6 weeks 6days..

Can not: see the ultrasound. Your OB will be able to tell you ...Read more

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Dr. Bruce J. Stringer
Board Certified, Radiology
42 years in practice
1M people helped
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Is a high def ultrasound common with twins?

Dr. Bruce J. Stringer
Board Certified, Radiology
42 years in practice
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????: Don't quite know what you mean. All our fetal sonos are done with the highest possible definition. There are a few more things we evaluate with twins such as the number of placentas and the sac anatomy. Or as we are fond of saying, "twice the work for the same fee!". ...Read more

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Dr. Christopher Mcgraw
Board Certified, Family Medicine
23 years in practice
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Just curious, is an ultrasound the only way to determine if your having twins?

Dr. Christopher Mcgraw
Board Certified, Family Medicine
23 years in practice
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Yes : Ultrasound is the only reliable and safe way. Other then waiting for delivery. While Xray would show it carries unnecessary risk. ...Read more

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Dr. Justin Buchanan
Board Certified, Radiology
7 years in practice
180K people helped
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How do I know if im having twins without getting an ultrasound?

Dr. Justin Buchanan
Board Certified, Radiology
7 years in practice
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No reliable way: Ultrasound is the only way to "see" what is in the uterus. ...Read more

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Dr. Barbara Toppin
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
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Saw twins on my ultrasound but one is bigger than the other. Is that a problem?

Dr. Barbara Toppin
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
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Saw twins on my ultrasound but one is bigger than the other. Is that a problem?

Depends: In general it is common for one twin to be slightly larger than the other. In some rare cases it can be a problem ( usually with identical not fraternal twin) usually serial sonograms will be done to evaluate the growth of both twins. Ask your md what the size difference means in your case. ...Read more

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