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Doctor insights on: When Can A Pregnancy Be Detected By Ultrasound

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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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Can endometriosis be detected by a transvaginal ultrasound?

Can endometriosis be detected by a transvaginal ultrasound?

Probably not: 22y female asks if endometriosis, EM, is detectable by "transvaginal ultrasound". Since EM is a theoretical clinical disease in search of a diagnostic benchmark, the answer is "probably no". Let's see what the experts have to say. Pathologists I have spoken to have not confirmed that tissue diagnosis is definitive. Be wary of invasive procedures which incite adhesions & "EM" & IBS-like symptoms. ...Read more

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When will a heartbeat be detected in a vaginal ultrasound ?

When will a heartbeat be detected in a vaginal ultrasound ?

Around 6weeks: Usually at around 6weeks ,trans vaginal ultrasound will be able to detect heart beat and some other parts of the fetus such as the yolk sac and fetal pole,which is the bean shape of the fetus ...Read more

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Can pregnancy be detected by an xray visually?

Can pregnancy be detected by an xray visually?

Maybe: It depends on the age of fetus, as the xray would only depict fetal skeleton. This is not the way to diagnose a pregnancy however! while a single xray would not cause a bad outcome in pregnancy, it is best to avoid radiation exposure while pregnant! ...Read more

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How early can a gender be detected on a 3d ultrasound?

How early can a gender be detected on a 3d ultrasound?

Depends: The position of the fetus can be important in being able to see the area of interest. Some males are clearly seen at 12 weeks. Testicles are not fully descended unto the scrotum until 24-28 wks. If the fetal position is favorable gender can usually be confidently determined by 14-16 weeks. Individual results will vary. ...Read more

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How soon can pregnancy hormones be detected by blood and urine?

How soon can pregnancy hormones be detected by blood and urine?

Trust the test: Home pregnancy tests are very accurate. They are the same tests used in a doctors office. They can detect a pregnancy 7-10 days after conception. The best time to take one is when you miss your period. If you doubt the result you can repeat it in 1-2 days. If you were pregnant the hormone level would rise enough for detection. ...Read more

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How deadly can be a big mass in the uterus as detected by ultrasound?

How deadly can be a big mass in the uterus as detected by ultrasound?

It depends: It depends what the mass actually is. Most of the time they are fibroids, which can grow large and cause symptoms, but are benign. Often US cannot tell what the mass is, and additional imaging such as MRI is performed for further evaluation. ...Read more

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When can an ectopic pregnancy be seen on an ultrasound? What's the soonest it can be found and how?

When can an ectopic pregnancy be seen on an ultrasound? What's the soonest it can be found and how?

See below: For ultrasound the ectopic has to be big enough to see. Following the rise of the pregnancy hormone bhcg can help to tell if the pregnancy is normal even before something can be seen on ultrasound. Also ask your doctor to get a Progesterone level. ...Read more

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Can a blood test miss a kidney stone that was discovered by an ultrasound?

Can a blood test miss a kidney stone that was discovered by an ultrasound?

Yes: No blood test can diagnose a kidney stone. The diagnosis is usually made by using a medical imaging study- Ct, X-Ray, US in the presence of symptoms suggesting a kidney stone. A urineanalysis may help in establishing the acuity. Hope it helps. ...Read more

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Can bladder cancer can be detected by an ultrasound?

Can bladder cancer can be detected by an ultrasound?

Yes, but......: Ultrasound is not the most sensitive way to look for bladder cancer meaning it can miss early cases and there are other tests that are more sensitive and specific. However, bladder cancers are sometimes seen with ultrasound, especially if they are large. ...Read more

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Can a ultrasound be accurate enough to go by for conception date?

Can a ultrasound be accurate enough to go by for conception date?

Depends: The accuracy of the ultrasound for dating depends on when during the pregnancy it is performed. The earlier the ultrasound, the more accurate within a few days it is. ...Read more

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Can a varicocele be detected via an ultrasound??

Can a varicocele be detected via an ultrasound??

Yes: Varicocele can be detected on ultrasound or physical exam. Varicoceles can cause scrotal pain or infertility. Choices to treat varicoceles: surgery or embolization. Embolization has advantages of being completely nonsurgical and can identify collateral vessels (that surgery can't address) and therefore embolization has a lower recurrence rate. Embolization performed by Interventional Radiologist ...Read more

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Can a qualitative hCG serum blood test be incorrect? It says that no hCG was detected or less than 1. Can it be incorrect and can I possibly be preg?

Can a qualitative hCG serum blood test be incorrect?  It says that no hCG was detected or less than 1. Can it be incorrect and can I possibly be preg?

Possible: If you test too early the test may be negative; the test only measures what is present in the blood, if you test too early, you could be pregnant but HCG level has not reached above the 5 units that is the cut off level for diagnosis of pregnancy. See this site for info on this topic. http://www.webmd.com/baby/guide/pregnancy-am-i-pregnant. ...Read more

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How early can pregnancy be detected with a blood test or urine hpt?

How early can pregnancy be detected with a blood test or urine hpt?

Pregnancy tests: The urine HCG test will pretty reliably be positive several days after the first day of the missed period. The blood pregnancy test can detect pregnancy 7-12 days after conception or several days before the period would be due. ...Read more

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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