(Closed) Bees well versed in fetal scans: US and NT scan, help please!

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

When I went for my 12 week IPS test, they measured both the NT and did a blood sample, and took another blood sample at 16 weeks.  I’m guessing you didn’t have blood work done, which would’ve make the results a lot more accurate.  

If your OB says she is very confident, I would trust her!

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015 - Ruby Princess

i had a huge long answer for you about billing, but I misread your question. You’re asking, why do it at all? I think it is over-kill to do it for everyone. just another screening tool offered.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

There’s nothing special about an NT ultrasound verses a regular ultrasound. It’s the same equipment. They just measure the nuchal fold and check for a nasal home and maybe do some other measurements. My doctor never does my ultrasounds its always a Sonographer. I have an ultrasound first and then see the doctor at every appointment, I’m high risk.

I think it’s safe to say everything is fine and you shouldn’t worry.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I didn’t bother with the NT scan. 1.8 is a great measurement and it sounds like everything looks good. The anatomy scan is the most important. 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

The NT scan is a regular U/S they just focus on specific things.  If your OB did one and said it looks fine, don’t sweat it. You can do one of the blood tests if you really need reassurance but I probably wouldn’t wast the time/money.  

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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FutureMRS3lastnames:  well in terms of the u/s I don’t think the NT scan used Anything special…. It’s mainly WHAT they look for tht makes it an NT scan and the time it’s done (at 12 or so weeks) if your OB was able to get the measurement and see the bone and organs then that’s basically it!! When I went for my scan it was at the same place I did all mine so far and they used the same equipment …. No special resolutions and it all looks the same…. Like I said it’s just WHAT they’re looking for that sets it apart so you can rest assured your not missing out on that. 

I personally did a blood test a week or 2 before that shows some extra odds but that was done completely seperate from the scan so they could give us the results with those results calculated in. 

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Also, mine wasn’t called a NT scan but was called a First Trimester Screen which included a NT scan and then bloodwork at the same time.  I actually went in and was farther along than we thought so they couldn’t do a NT scan because my baby was almost 16 weeks.  But they offered to do the penta screen for me instead- which is just bloodwork around 16weeks.  When I was in for the NT scan the tech did look things over and said everything looked good (obviously just taking measurements like femur, head, and abdomen and I believe we saw some things like the spine, etc).

My OB doesn’t do routine ultrasounds we only get one at 20w so that is why they offer NT scan.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

The office I go to doesn’t even do them unless there’s a problem or you’re high risk.  The NT scan is just another screening tool, but it’s not that big a deal.  For normal pregnancies, my midwife (and the OB that also works at the office), only does a single 20wk ultrasound. 

In case it makes you feel better, there are many screening and diagnostic tests available in all three trimesters.  We declined the extra testing since it wouldn’t change our decision to carry to term, and the midwife said it was fine and if we changed our mind, there were options to get testing done all the way up through the third tri.  Anyway…in case you need something tested for later, all hope isn’t lost 😉  Sounds like your baby’s probably just fine though.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

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FutureMRS3lastnames:  The numBer of people on here and IRL that have come across abnormal results on the NT scan and then all is ok astounds me. I’m not doing it but I am doing bloodwork (Panorama) due to age and previous history. Apart from that I think it’s overkill and just seeves to make the mammy stressed which is not good for babs!

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

I skipped the NT scan because it’s not always accurate. We weren’t going to abort the baby for any reason, so I didn’t want to be scared into thinking there was something wrong with him and stressing about it for 9 months just to give birth to a healthy baby.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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phoebephoebo:  Exactly! This happened to my sister in law. She had this scan at 12 weeks and was then directed to a geneticist with her husband. They were crushed and she worried her entire pregnancy. Turns out her baby boy was Just FINE! Just terrible so much so that she has said she will never have a baby again.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I am going to say no and refuse the NT scan. I don’t want to deal with a false positive. I only plan on having 1 babe. The rate of error is so high on these that I don’t want it done.

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