Tag Archives: Ultrasound

Is it possible to personalise the risk of miscarriage

Many women unfortunately have pain or bleeding in pregnancy – or attend for an ultrasound scan or assessment because they are anxious about their pregnancy. Often a scan is not conclusive – which naturally leads to even more anxiety. It … Continue reading

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Establishing symptoms scores for ectopic pregnancy

A French collaborative study has been published in the journal “Academic Emergency Medicine”. The authors set out to develop a symptom score to predict ectopic pregnancy rupture. The abstract can be read at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22221975 They examined a number of different pain … Continue reading

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Fertility after an ectopic pregnancy

The two questions asked first by most women who have had an ectopic pregnancy are “how will this impact on my future fertility” and “what are the chances of me having an ectopic pregnancy in a future pregnancy”. A new … Continue reading

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Do you need expensive ultrasound machines to get the diagnosis right?

Doctors love fancy bits of kit, and there is no better example of this than when it comes to ultrasound  imaging. There are fabulous machines around that give spectacular images – but how good does an image have to be … Continue reading

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Morbidity from ectopic pregnancy is more likely to reflect the quality of care than anything else…

As trainee gynaecologists one of the first things we learnt is the idea that a women with pain/bleeding/almost any symptoms has an ectopic pregnancy until proved otherwise. Over time maybe this teaching has slipped. In a recent study from Nora … Continue reading

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Ultrasound scanning is magic – just switch the machine on and point it in the right direction……

One thing patients often say to me when I am carrying out a scan is: “isn’t it amazing what these machines can do these days” I have to admit this usually provokes a little irritation as clearly people think you … Continue reading

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Early pregnancy advanced course program ISUOG/RCOG 2012

The second advanced ultrasound course in earl pregnancy and reproductive medicine is taking place in June at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. This was sold out last year as well as being broadcast live over the internet. Once … Continue reading

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Caesarean section scar ectopic pregnancies – an increasing problem?

  An ectopic pregnancy is when a pregnancy develops outside the cavity of the womb. These pregnancies are usually found in the Fallopian tube, but an important minority are located in “non-tubal” places. Examples are the interstitial tube where the … Continue reading

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Why do they do internal (vaginal) scans not abdominal ones?

Most scans carried out for a gynaecological indication or in early pregnancy (less than 10 weeks) are carried out using a vaginal probe and we are often asked why this is the case – why not do them abdominally and … Continue reading

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How easy is it to diagnose a miscarriage?

The answer seems to be: not always so easy. Earlier in the year Abdallah and colleagues at Imperial College London published data that led to serious concerns being raised about the guidelines used in the UK on which a diagnosis … Continue reading

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