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I have my 20 week ultrasound scheduled for just after Thanksgiving. But, I was interested in getting a 3d/4d ultrasound also. Any suggestions for a local place? Thanks!
I just had my 20-week ultrasound today and the doctor saw a result that concerned him. There is supposed to be a bright white line along the nose and he only saw a dim one. The bright line shows the nose bone; the dimmer one might be cartilage. Apparently this is a strong indicator of Down Syndrome risk - he said it increases the chances by 20-30 times; though on my search of Google and PubMed, most articles make it sound much worse than this. For example, I am Caucasian and only about half of a percent of Caucasian women have fetuses without nose bones who are also chromosomally normal. So this sounds really bad. However, the doctor, who has been doing this test 6 months to a year, and the genetic counselors still think my risk is relatively low - less than 5%. This is mainly because when I had my BUN test (nuchal + blood) at 13 weeks, that test came back with a 1 in 1126 chance of DS - very low for a 38 year old. Also, there were no other problems at all with the ultrasound - no hole in the heart or other markers of DS (though I know not all DS babies have the same physical manifestations.) The doctor and genetic counselors sounded like they were largely guessing about what the varying test results mean, however. In trying to make sense of the research I found versus what the doctor and genetic counselors told me about my risks, I'm just wondering if anyone out there knows anything about this test. How likely is it that he just didn't find the bone? (According to the genetic counselors, he's very good at this.) Or could it be that the bone just hasn't come in fully yet, since there is a line there (and the line is the proper length)? As is probably clear from the fact that I'm writing, we've decided not to risk an amnio until late in the pregnancy when the risk of miscarriage has passed. But we would still benefit from a better understanding of how to interpret my risk, in the meantime. Wondering what to prepare for
You indicated that you weren't willing to risk an ultrasound until the chances of miscarriage had decreased, but I am wondering if now wouldn't be a good time to reconsider your original decision. Given that this situation is a stressful one, which is not good for mother or child, it might be the case that despite the risks of having a miscarriage with ultrasound, the benefits might outweigh them. You would either have peace of mind of knowing for sure (and not asking everyone what they think, even though you have the advice of well-trained, experienced professionals already), or you would have a LOT more time to make decisions for yourself and your family (prepare yourself for having a child who has Down's syndrome, or to discontinue the pregnancy if you so choose).
My heart goes out to you in this time of agonizing uncertainty. I think in this case, however, having as much knowledge as possible would indeed be helpful for you. anon. please
To make a long story short, the technician at Summit wouldn't print any images of my baby's ultrasound. So I called the Head of Radiology, who obliged me by sending copies of the x-ray film. Now we have loads of images but no way to put them in a form that can go in his baby book. I was going to take them to Custom Process on 5th Street in Berkeley, but they closed in March. Does anyone know of a reliable place in the East Bay where I could maybe have the films scanned and recorded on a cd or just printed? Susan
I was wondering if anybody knows of a good OB that does all
laboratory and ultrasound tests in-office. My previous So-Cal OB
had my blood/urine samples taken at her office and sent to Unilab
and also owned an ultrasound machine, so things were very
convenient. On the contrary, my current physician in Berkeley
sends ME to Unilab for every test, and ultrasounds are done at
Alta Bates, which has a very inconvenient schedule (8:30-4:00, no
weekends). My first ultrasound results did not get to my doctor's
office in time for my appointment, so our discussion of the
results was based purely on her phone conversation with the
radiologist (not to mention the fact that I did not get a copy of
Am I just being So-Cal spoiled or are there more equipped OB's
Thanks in advance,
Tired of running around mom to-be
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