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Old 09-25-2012, 08:01 AM   #1
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Having sonogram "read" after the fact?

I emailed my midwife about setting up a sonogram. She tells me they have someone else doing the sonos now..she takes the pic and sends to the radiologist to read it....
This just seems really odd to me. I am assuming that I go in have pics taken..and still have to wait till I know gender. And how accurate could it be... looking at a still pic to determine gender?? Anyone else ever had it done this way?

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Old 09-25-2012, 08:09 AM   #2
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No no, the tech will tell you gender. I always have a tech DO the ultrasound and a radiologist read it. It's always read later. Unless something is very off, and the tech can tell and it's imperative you know immediately.
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Re: Having sonogram "read" after the fact?

That is really what happens in any ultrasound, just many places have a radiologist (doctor) that is available to read them right then and there. If she is doing it in the office, she doesn't have that, so sends it out. At our places here the radiologist is there and when the tech has finished she goes and shows him the pictures and he is the one that creates the report for the referring doctor (other other health provider). Perhaps in your state she used to be able to read them herself, but the rules maybe have changed. Here, it has always been a radiologist read them, you just didn't see them unless it was bad news for the most part. I still remember having to wait for a radiologist to come chat with me at one of my u/s-was horrible b/c I knew it likely was something off (I am a nurse)-it all turned out fine, but was very stressful!
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Oh ok! So the tech will likely be able to tell me the gender ..just not the anatomy stuff...that makes much more sense. Thanks z
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This has been the case in all of mine. Tech told us what they were seeing and doing just wouldn't tell us if it was normal abnormal
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Re: Having sonogram "read" after the fact?

Yep. The tech can tell you gender & even point out the major anatomy. But the radiologist does the official read. I always get basic info form the tech & then the "official" results about a week after the fact.
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