Dating scan – no immediate info or results. Normal?

posted 6 months ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

It is not uncommon for them to not allow your husband to be in the room for the first appointment so they can screen for domestic violence.  When I went for my pregnancy confirmation the tech did my weight, Bridal Party and asked some questions and then the ob/gyn did a transvaginal ultrasound.  She initially (for like 30 seconds) kept it directed at her while she got the picture on the screen and to maybe confirm a heartbeat and then immediately showed me, did the dating and printed a few pictures.  The whole thing took less than 5 minutes and felt very interactive. Since then I have gotten a couple of ultrasounds at my ob/gyn and the Dr or NP always does it, not a tech.  But when I went to the perinatal specialist for the 12 week and 20 week scan a tech does it and then a Dr comes in briefly and scans a few things.  

I would give the office a call and explain your concern/confusion and start looking for another Dr.

Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Was it done at a separate imaging place, not in the regular office? Often times those places are way more strict about telling you anything, as technically it’s all supposed to come from your doctor.

My OB always schedules an actual doctor visit directly following the scan so they can discuss everything, but it’s all done in the same office.

Fwiw when I had a mmc the tech told me herself immediately, although I could already tell from the screen.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

I do not believe an ultrasound tech is allowed to tell you these things. I had something on my fallopian tubes and had about 5 appointments. Each time she didn’t tell me anything and I met with my doctor right after who would look at the images and then tell me what was going on. Even if I directly asked (which I did a couple of times because I was nervous) she would kindly tell me that she’s not allowed to tell me but that my doctor would explain it after.

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2020

Yes unfortunately stand alone imaging centers are much more restricted in what the technologist can say. I would find an OB or OBGYN clinic that does ultrasounds within the clinic. We have much more leeway in what we can say, there are often TVs for you to watch as we do the exam, and we can print off pictures for you. You also see the doctor directly afterwards most of the time. Of course this will vary and sometimes the doctor does the scanning themselves but then at least you still get some info. I’d call the imaging center tomorrow afternoon (by 1 or 2pm) and ask for the report to be read to you if your doctor doesn’t have the report yet or can’t talk to you tomorrow. If you have any questions about the report and can’t reach anyone at your doctor’s office feel free to private message me, I’m a registered ObGyn sonographer (ultrasound technologist) and may be able to explain any confusing parts of the report. 

Post # 11
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Blushing bee

I guess it’s different where I live (Canada), but the ultrasound techs always tell me the basic info: heart rate, gestational age, cervical length, etc. There is typically a large screen on the wall that you can watch, and at the later ultrasounds the tech points out the NT measurement, heart chambers, organs, etc. Hell, they even print photos at 6 weeks when there isn’t much to see! I’ve always had such cool experiences.

This has been my experience at a few different clinics. The only time I wasn’t allowed to see was when I was having a miscarriage, because I went to the emergency room and they have different rules. Even still, they told me immediately that there was no heartbeat which the doctor then confirmed. They didn’t leave me without any idea what was going on.

Obviously they don’t give any diagnoses, but when it comes to measurements they are trained specialists who know far more than my GP does. I would be going crazy not having any info!

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2020

Wow your gyn office sounds pretty incompetent. Calling the wrong number multiple times? And I think you are exactly right about the receptionist not even bothering to check what was going on, why would they call if they had nothing to say?? Sorry your experience hasn’t been the best. Your gyn office should get a paper report (electronic file that can be printed for you) with all the measures and any cardiac activity which would include beats per minute. You can also go to the actual imaging center to request a disk be made which should include the pictures and possibly the report-the downside is you won’t really know what you are looking at with the images. Make sure this report gets sent to your new OB before your first appointment. I hope you have a much better experience next friday!

Post # 15
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Blushing bee

zstbee84 :  Actually, our OBs very rarely do scans in office! All of mine (and others I know) have been done at an external office/women’s ultrasound clinic that only does scans. The detailed report findings aren’t given to me until my OB appointments a few days later (though it my appointment is that same day they will give me a full paper report that theoretically I can just read lol), but the basic info has always been given to me by the sonographer. 

Fingers crossed for you that they sort this all out and get you the info soon. It really sounds like they dropped the ball pretty badly with your contact info. Glad you’ll be with your obstetrician soon and hopefully that will mean things will run more smoothly for you!

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