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Ultrasound results, will tech give them to me?

Ultrasound results, will tech give them to me?

No: The ultrasonographer, or "tech" is not allowed to tell you the results of your exam, because they are not physicians. Sometimes a physician will give an ultrasonographer permission to tell patients some information before the physician reviews the images, but usually you have to wait to get the results until the physician makes a determination about the results of the exam. ...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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Is it normal for techs not to give you the results of an abdominal ultrasound scan?

Is it normal for techs not to give you the results of an abdominal ultrasound scan?

Standard procedure: The technicians training is focused on producing a quality study, like a photograph in focus. This may include figuring out how to get an image of an area behind a bladder or locating an elusive pancreas or gland. Though they may come to understand some of what is in the picture, their expertise is getting the picture, not recognizing all the stuff in it. The dr is trained to sort out the images. ...Read more

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What would happen if I was too tight for a tech to give me a transvaginal ultrasound?

What would happen if I was too tight for a tech to give me a transvaginal ultrasound?

Transvaginal US: If your vagina is too tight to allow passage of the ultrasound probe, it may be necessary to do a transabdominal view of your pelvis. ...Read more

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Can the tech tell you your results for a pelvic ultrasound right away?

Can the tech tell you your results for a pelvic ultrasound right away?

No: The ultrasonographer, or "tech" is not allowed to tell you the results of your exam, because they are not physicians. Sometimes a physician will give an ultrasonographer permission to tell patients some information before the physician reviews the images, but usually you have to wait to get the results until the physician makes a determination about the results of the exam. ...Read more

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When the ultrasound tech give you how many weeks you are is that going by gestation or conception?

When the ultrasound tech give you how many weeks you are is that going by gestation or conception?

Gestational age: Here in United States the gestational age is usually used calculated from the last menstrual cycle assuming that ovulation occurred on day 14. In european countries and in canada and many other countries conception age is used. ...Read more

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Ultrasound showed: "endometrial hyperplasia" and the tech also said there was "debris" (fluid). What do these results mean?

Ultrasound showed: "endometrial hyperplasia" and the tech also said there was "debris" (fluid). What do these results mean?

Endometrial: Hyperplasia occurs when the endometrium, the lining of the uterus, becomes too thick. It is not cancer, but in some cases, it can lead to cancer of the uterus. It most often is caused by excess estrogen without progesterone. If ovulation does not occur, progesterone is not made, and the lining is not shed. It usually occurs after menopause, when ovulation stops and progesterone is no longer made. ...Read more

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Doctor/ultrasound place in houston doesn't want to give me my results, its been 7 weeks and I've been calling. Is there another way to get the results?

Bad Doctor Behavior: Wow. I am very sorry to hear this. What an unprofessional physician. If the doctor has a nurse I would call and try to talk to them. Or the office manager. It is completely inappropriate for them not to be seeing you or communicating to you the results of any test they have completed.

You could fire them and have your new doctor request the records. ...Read more

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Might an ultrasound and a CT scan give different results when looking for appendicitis?

Might an ultrasound and a CT scan give different results when looking for appendicitis?

Absolutely.: A sonogram is not typically the best imaging study to look for appendicitis. It is often done when evaluating pelvic/lower abdominal pain in women to look for ovarian cysts. It is definitely possible to have different results on different studies. If that is the case, you would need a good clinical doctor to evaluate the entire picture - not just the imaging results, to make a diagnosis and tx p. ...Read more

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Is it normal to see on the sonogram, black spots on my liver? My dr will give me the results untill Monday. I'm so paranoid thinking of alot of things.

Is it normal to see on the sonogram, black spots on my liver? My dr will give me the results untill Monday. I'm so paranoid thinking of alot of things.

That's on every scan: Every ultrasound scan has white spots and black spots. That's the way they appear. Patience is a virtue. If the doctor says the results can wait until Monday (3 days from now), then one can do other things and think other thoughts until then. If the scan is to diagnose something urgent, such as appendicitis, the doctor wouldn't say it's ok to wait for the results. ...Read more

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I had an ultrasound today and the tech couldn't tell me anything for liability reasons, suggestions?

I had an ultrasound today and the tech couldn't tell me anything for liability reasons, suggestions?

US technologist: It would not be appropriate for the tech to render a diagnosis, that is up to the interpreting physician. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I had an ultrasound today and the tech couldn't tell me anything for liability reasons?

What do you suggest if I had an ultrasound today and the tech couldn't tell me anything for liability reasons?

US technologist: It would not be appropriate for the tech to render a diagnosis, that is up to the interpreting physician. You should discuss the results with your doctor. ...Read more

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What is the salary for a prenatal ultrasound tech?

Ultrasound techs: According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the annual median pay of ultrasound technicians is $67, 170 as of May 2013, with a range of $45, 840-$92, 070. Higher salaries are generally available to ultrasound technicians who have more years of experience, take on administrative or supervisory roles, or complete advanced specializations. Some ultrasound technicians also increase their salaries by working for private industry. ...Read more

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Why would u/s tech say I was 17 weeks & 4 days based on my lmp, but then afterward say I was 18 weeks once she started the ultrasound?

Accuracy: Ultrasound gets less accurate as the fetus gets older. They were probably estimating from your lmp, but the structure the ultrasound first measured was around 18 weeks. This is still within range. ...Read more

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U/s tech said I was 17wks&4 days based on lmp, but then said I was 18 weeks once she started the ultrasound. Why did that change? What did she go by?

U/s tech said I was 17wks&4 days based on lmp, but then said I was 18 weeks once she started the ultrasound. Why did that change? What did she go by?

No change.: Prenatal ultrasound is not that accurate at 18 weeks (+/-7-10 days). Your menstrual dates should be used if the difference is within that range of confidence. ...Read more

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Ordering myself a prostate ultrasound. What's the best all in one ultrasound to evaluate the prostate/tech/method/terms used. Thanks.

Ordering myself a prostate ultrasound. What's the best all in one ultrasound to evaluate the prostate/tech/method/terms used. Thanks.

Transrectal: A transrectal prostate ultrasound is technically the best but is not a screening tool unless correlated with a PSA blood test and a doctor's exam. A prep to clean the colon is usually given and the ultrasound probe is inserted into the rectum with a latex covering over it. If done with a urologist, any suspicious abnormality could be biopsied at that time. ...Read more

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Assuming images weren't reversed by the ultrasound tech, is this correct? **tvs- right is right & left is left ** tas- right is left & left is right?

Cannot tell: By looking at the ultrasound pictures themselves. The ultrasound tech is responsible for labeling which side each picture is taken of, right or left. ...Read more

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Hi my ultrasound photo (20 weeks) shows an FL/BPD of 67% is this okay? The doctor and ultrasound tech said everything is normal.

Hi my ultrasound photo (20 weeks) shows an FL/BPD of 67% is this okay? The doctor and ultrasound tech said everything is normal.

Should be ok: There are different charts which show normals for different weeks of gestation. It is also important to look at all of the ratios and measurements to determine if there are any indicators of a problem. If the the doctor and US tech are saying that your ratios are normal, I would believe them. Otherwise, go and have a second opinion to ease your mind. ...Read more

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I had a 19week ultrasound but the tech said maybe a boy but with my other two boys I actually seen the private area could she b wrong?

I had a 19week ultrasound but the tech said maybe a boy but with my other two boys I actually seen the private area could she b wrong?

Yes: Usually the sex can be determined by the 19-20 week ultrasound, but if there is not a good view of the genitals, " maybe" is still a 50:50 guess. ...Read more

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If I get a 3d ultrasound do I have to learn gender? I want to see my baby in 3d, but I want the gender to be a surprise. Possible? What should I tell the tech to make sure this happens?

If I get a 3d ultrasound do I have to learn gender? I want to see my baby in 3d, but I want the gender to be a surprise. Possible? What should I tell the tech to make sure this happens?

Yes,: Yes, it is possible to image your baby in 3-d and not reveal the gender. Tell the ultrasound technologist that you would like 3-d images of the face, hand, foot, etc. Also, let the ultrasound technologist know that you do not wish to find out the gender of the baby. Generally, the ultrasound technologist will do his/her best to accommodate the request of the patient as long as the request is within reason. ...Read more

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I am 12 weeks and ultrasound tech didn't locate kidneys?

12 weeks: 12 weeks is still early for a formal anatomic scan, so this isn't necessarily cause for alarm. In a general OB office the techs' skills with early ultrasound also vary alot. At 15-16 weeks in a perinatal specialty office, not seeing kidneys is very serious. ...Read more

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I got pelvic ultrasound and vaginal. Tech asked a concerning question.?

I got pelvic ultrasound and vaginal. Tech asked a concerning question.?

Need more info.: Really not enough info on you query. First would need to know why you were having the ultrasound. Ob or gyn? Pain? Bleeding? Always if asked a question and if you don't understand or are concerned, ask the tech or provider to elaborate. You have a right to know what is going on. Uncertainty never a good thing. May or may not mean anything. Hard to know. ...Read more

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Is a radiologist more accurate than an ultrasound tech when it comes to reading ultrasounds?

Is a radiologist more accurate than an ultrasound tech when it comes to reading ultrasounds?

What do you mean?: Radiologists are doctors who can "read" ultrasound - by which doctors mean, "interpret the images for medical use." An ultrasound technician is NOT licensed to read ultrasound (only licensed to obtain the images). If you're asking who is more accurate in measuring the size of an object (liver, etc) with ultrasound, it is operator dependent. On avg, techs have more experience than radiologists. ...Read more

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Ok, so I had an ultrasound at 15/16 weeks. The tech said the baby was small compared to the gestational sac, so they couldn't date it. Is this bad?

Ok, so I had an ultrasound at 15/16 weeks. The tech said the baby was small compared to the gestational sac, so they couldn't date it. Is this bad?

Get clarification: No, it's not bad. In the first trimester fetal size (crown-rump length) beats gs measurement every time for accuracy. In the 2nd trimester fetal biometry is important (bpd, abdominal circumference, femur length,) not sac size. ...Read more

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Our ultrasound tech told us the baby was a boy but wrote on the picture that the baby is a girl. If we send you the picture could you tell us the gend?

Our ultrasound tech told us the baby was a boy but wrote on the picture that the baby is a girl. If we send you the picture could you tell us the gend?

Better not: US determination of baby's gender is at times subjective and depends on many factors: resolution, gestational age, technique, etc. So kindly ask your doctor for another exam, or simply wait and repeat later when the baby grows more, wishing you a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby ...Read more

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Ultrasound vs mammograms? What are the differences between an ultrasound and mammogram? I had an ultrasound done and the tech thought he found a lump, but he said he needed to investigate it more, so he wanted to schedule another ultrasound. Shouldn't I

Ultrasound vs mammograms? What are the differences between an ultrasound and mammogram? I had an ultrasound done and the tech thought he found a lump, but he said he needed to investigate it more, so he wanted to schedule another ultrasound. Shouldn't I

X-ray vs sound waves: If you have a lump that can be felt, it's likely the radiologist will want an ultrasound as well as mammogram. Mammogram uses x-rays to see calcifications that might indicate a breast cancer, while ultrasound uses sound waves to see different characteristics of breast tissue such as blood flow, size and shape of a lump and whether it's solid or cystic. Ultrasound is also used to guide biopsy. ...Read more