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Difference in Scans

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kate891 Tue 09-May-17 12:10:49


I'm just wonderding what the difference in a normal scan and fetal medicine scan is?

After a miscarriage and a TMR for severe physical abnormalities last year I have been told I'll be having fetal medicine department scans at 12/16/20 weeks as well as the standard 12 and 20 week scans. Does anyone know the difference?

I'm thankful for the extra healthcare but it just seems a waste if they can tell the same thing but its just a difference consultant looking at the screen.

Any ideas?

CherriesInTheSnow Tue 09-May-17 20:22:39

Hi smile

First of all sorry about your loss flowers

I'm afraid I don't have much advice regarding the scans, but I would guess as you said in your OP that actually maybe not all sonographers have the same degree of knowledge and so maybe a conultant will be simply more adept at using ultrasounds to help diagnose conditions? Along with the fact that extra scans will give more opportunities to pick up any problem smile

vickifaith Tue 09-May-17 22:18:16

I am under fetal medicine because my first child has a chromosome disorder. I wandered the same thing but after going to both normal and fetal medicine, my experience is fetal medicine is much more detailed. One scan took 1 hour and the consultant checked everything a number of times. I feel a lot more relaxed knowing consultants that specialise in abnormalities have observed my baby. Hope all goes well for you xx

kate891 Wed 10-May-17 11:06:48

Thanks ladies,

The TMR was possibly a chromosomal disorder but even the post mortem didnt give us a clear diagnosis. Hopefully, like you say, it will be more detailed and give us an indication early as to whether there are problems. Still have about a month to wait - fingers crossed xx

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