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Umm...what? happilymarried614 Due April 7 (boy); 1 child; Washington 380 posts
19th Sep '13

I made an appointment with radiology for my anatomy ultrasound at 20 weeks. The lady on the phone was going over what to expect during the appointment and she said that it was going to be a transvaginal ultrasound and to drink 16oz of water before hand. Ummm...isn't the baby a little too big to do a vaginal ultrasound at 20 weeks? With my daughter it was an abdominal ultrasound. I'm hoping that it is abdominal and she is wrong because I really don't want a wand in my lady bits for 40 minutes. Thoughts?

Peyton'sMommy♥ 1 child; Springfield, Ohio 16811 posts
19th Sep '13
Quoting happilymarried614:" I made an appointment with radiology for my anatomy ultrasound at 20 weeks. The lady on the phone was ... [snip!] ... I'm hoping that it is abdominal and she is wrong because I really don't want a wand in my lady bits for 40 minutes. Thoughts?"

I've never heard of that, maybe call back and ask what they meant?

~The Lunar Flower~ 2 kids; Alabama 6748 posts
19th Sep '13

It shouldn't take 40 minutes to get all the pics and info she needs. My OB only does transvaginal ultrasounds. I will have my anatomy scan next thursday and I was told to drink 32oz of water an hour before my appointment



Edit: I also didn't ask but i have heard of several people getting transvaginal u/s throughout their entire pregnancy

October2011 2 kids; Pennsylvania 6885 posts
19th Sep '13

weird. My office any ultrasound after 11 weeks is abdominal. And they have me empty my bladder. I'd call back and make sure they got your appointment correct..that you are going in for a 20 week anatomy scan and not your first one.

MotherFalcon+2 2 kids; Fólkvangr, Asgard, YD, Sweden 4365 posts
status 19th Sep '13

it takes 40 minutes to do an anatomy scan??

happilymarried614 Due April 7 (boy); 1 child; Washington 380 posts
19th Sep '13
Quoting MotherFalcon~24weeks!:" it takes 40 minutes to do an anatomy scan??"


That's what she said. It would be transvaginal, do drink water, and it would be 40 minutes. I'm going by what she said. My last one did take a little while.

happilymarried614 Due April 7 (boy); 1 child; Washington 380 posts
19th Sep '13

It's just strange to me. I had a different doctor (different insurance) with my daughter and I had at least five different ultrasounds during that pregnancy due to high risk. Every one after my first one at 7 weeks was trans abdominal. So this is all new to me.



My new doctor is through Group Health if that helps any.

user banned Due November 26; 1 child; Parkersburg, West Virginia 9548 posts
19th Sep '13
Quoting happilymarried614:" That's what she said. It would be transvaginal, do drink water, and it would be 40 minutes. I'm going by what she said. My last one did take a little while. "


i had one with my first to check my cervix then she did an adominal one for the rest. this time only adominal

Mom of 4 Little Boys! 4 kids; 2 angel babies; Hillsboro, Oregon 4771 posts
status 19th Sep '13

WTH? I have never heard of them giving a transvaginal at 20 weeks and if you do have one they make you drain your bladder first. Sounds like this lady has no clue what she is talking about.

Peyton'sMommy♥ 1 child; Springfield, Ohio 16811 posts
19th Sep '13
Quoting happilymarried614:" It's just strange to me. I had a different doctor (different insurance) with my daughter and I had at ... [snip!] ... first one at 7 weeks was trans abdominal. So this is all new to me. My new doctor is through Group Health if that helps any. "

Yeah I never had a transvaginal u/s except to date the pregnancy at 6 weeks.

MotherFalcon+2 2 kids; Fólkvangr, Asgard, YD, Sweden 4365 posts
status 19th Sep '13

is it normal to take 40mins tho?
US exposure shouldnt be for that long, it can cause issues/defects with the baby the longer it is.

October2011 2 kids; Pennsylvania 6885 posts
19th Sep '13

Maybe they have really crappy ultrasound equipment?

7 blessings so far.... Due February 3; 6 kids; Glen Burnie, Maryland 8799 posts
19th Sep '13

I just had my anatomy scan on Monday(I was 19wks). They did a abdominal scan on the baby (took about 30min) then a quick vaginal scan to check cervix length(took 30seconds)
Was instructed to empty my bladder b4 scan started.

happilymarried614 Due April 7 (boy); 1 child; Washington 380 posts
19th Sep '13
Quoting MotherFalcon~24weeks!:" is it normal to take 40mins tho? US exposure shouldnt be for that long, it can cause issues/defects with the baby the longer it is."


I'm not sure. I don't know if my last one was exactly that long, but I was in there for awhile.

happilymarried614 Due April 7 (boy); 1 child; Washington 380 posts
19th Sep '13
Quoting October2011:" Maybe they have really crappy ultrasound equipment?"


I hope not. That's the only big Group Health clinic in Seattle that has obgyn's. So I'm assuming a lot of women go there.