Posted on April 29th, 2017 by wombwithaviewblog.com
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Ultrasound Results – What’s the Big Deal?

Your ultrasound results must always come from your physician! But why can’t your sonographer just tell you if everything looks okay? It’s so irritating when she won’t talk, right? The most frequent question a patient asks is if everything looks okay, healthy, or normal. Hmm, if I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard this… Usually, to the patient’s dismay, this is something we just can’t discuss with you. Read on for details about why we have to be so doggone tight-lipped.

Ultrasound Results Have to Come from the Docs

My usual response when a patient asked this question is “Your doctor has to look at all of these images and he/she will discuss your ultrasound when you see him/her next.” Only your physician has the legal right to give you this information. Yes, it is my job to know what I am seeing and to recognize it when something does not appear normal. However, sonographers are not physicians. We are trained to perform your examination; not to manage the health of you and your baby. Your doctor studied for many years, learning how to do just that. And he or she is the only person who can answer the multitude of questions you will positively have if a problem IS suspected. Our job is to share what we see with your doctor. Your doctor examines the information and concludes whether he or she agrees with our findings. The doc then shares his/her interpretation of the information with you along with what options he/she recommends next.

But, But…

Occasionally, I will have a persistent patient or spouse who will say, “Yeah, but you KNOW whether you see something wrong or not.” I’ll admit that I do, but I always defer to the physician’s interpretation. Sometimes, the patient presses a third or even fourth time, and I just have to stick to my guns. I know it simply comes from a place of parental anxiety. We do understand. For the nervous patient, waiting for results can feel like a lifetime. I do empathize because most patients have a valid reason for being nervous. A previous pregnancy loss or abnormal scan is enough to scare serious fear into the hearts of anyone. I want expectant moms to understand that if your sonographer says something inappropriate, she could lose her job. Only your doctor can calm your fears and reassure you about your pregnancy issues in a way that no one else can. Your results are part of the sacred and private relationship between you and your doctor!

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wwavblogger, RDMS
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Posted on January 1st, 2016 by wombwithaviewblog.com

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Happy New Year, wwavreaders!

I hope 2016 holds in store for you a happy and healthy 365 days. I also wish all you mums-to-be a year of uneventful pregnancies, easy deliveries and beautiful bouncing babies in the months ahead.

I hope you all will keep reading, emailing and referring your other expectant friends to wwavb for all your ultrasound questions. I’ll always do my best to answer your emails ASAP! If there is anything you’d like to see on my blog for the new year, anything you’d like me to address or any changes you’d like me to make, I invite all recommendations!

Come back tomorrow for a new post and have a prosperous 2016!

wwavblogger

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Posted on June 15th, 2014 by wombwithaviewblog.com

Firstly, I’d like to extend a huge congratulations to a reader who recently delivered!  This is what she had to say..read below!

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Hi I hope you had a lovely time on your holidays ,just to say I had a little boy at 38+5 and he was a MASSIVE 8lb 7oz :) not half as bad as I imagined ,many thanks for your help to mel

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I’m so happy and the whole point of my blog is to answer questions you have about ultrasound accurately rather than your reading and taking to heart some of the garbage found randomly on the internet.  Everyone is an expert, everyone has an opinion..and MOST of them are wrong!  Especially when it comes to medicine, just because your cousin Becky had several ultrasounds during her last pregnancy doesn’t mean she can now read yours.

And this is not only in reference to gender, which is what most people question.  Though I can never provide medical advice to anyone, I can surely explain the why’s and how’s of ultrasound better than your aunt, mother or sister who just had one done.

As for gender, I think I’ve made it no secret that determining gender has become the bain of my existence.  When the only thing a patient is interested in is gender, everything I need to do to complete an exam is hurried, or rushed or simply ignored to get to the pink or blue, which may or may not be detected.  People have come to expect that they will in fact know what they are having at this appointment, make it a social event and become upset, sometimes enraged when it cannot be determined or if family is asked to wait outside for a portion of the examination.

Don’t get me wrong!  I love to tell people whether they are having a son or daughter!  The fact remains and should be respected that this is first a medical examination of mother and child.  The sonographer should be able to take the time she needs in a non-disruptive and quiet atmosphere to obtain all required information to complete this exam for your doctor.  This means excited grandmas who want to talk through the whole exam about the nursery and names need to stay out, as well as the toddler siblings, nieces and nephews who scream and squeal for attention.  Believe me, they have no clue they are looking at a baby on that monitor.  And, honestly, any noise in the room other than the sonographer talking is a distraction.

That all being said, I will say it is still the highlight of my day when I have a very happy couple come in for an exam who are mindful of why they are there, so happy to be expecting and are full of questions.  I love to impart some ultrasound knowledge, provide awesome images of this future addition to their family and am still honored to be this third objective party who gets to orchestrate it all.

Best wishes for a beautiful experience,

wwavblogger

 

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