What an Ultrasound Tech Can Tell You

Over the years I have read many personal stories of miscarriages, and one often recurring theme is that people will often have confusing experiences with ultrasound technicians. They will recount their frustration in the stories that an ultrasound tech will have gotten a concerned look and turned the screen away, then left the room while refusing to answer questions. Naturally the women having the miscarriages will feel confused and hurt that the ultrasound tech wouldn't answer any questions or give information.

Of course, the reason for this is that ultrasound technicians are trained (usually quite well) in how to operate ultrasound machines and take measurements, but they are not medical practitioners who are qualified to give out medical diagnoses. Many physicians are trained in how to operate ultrasound machines and may perform ultrasounds in their offices, in which case you might receive your diagnosis at the same time as your ultrasound. But if your ultrasound is being performed by a technician it is quite likely that the technician will not be allowed to tell you what the results mean and you will have to wait for a call from your physician.


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