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    Hi... right now I'm so angry and I feel like punching someone in the head (don't worry, you're all safe). I'm not sure if this should be here of punching bag room, it's a combination. I went to get my 12 wk scan done and was told they can't do transnuchal at that site because they don't have the equipment. My referral says uterine with nuchal thickness. Apparently there are only 2 places I can go.... not that anyone told me that and no one asked me when I booked in. Also, my doc didn't get bloods. I asked if they can just do the measuring of the thickness and they said they can but not as well on their machines....but they wouldn't do anything at all, not even a scan to check size or anything because it said transnuchal (but it doesn't have that word specifically). So, I'm also confused because if they can do the thickness why didn't they just do that...I said I'm happy with that and would only do any further tests (eg: the whole blood test and better scan) if it showed high risk!! Something to do with some stupid study that they have going which they are checking between bloods and scans or some crap. The way it was worded might be up for debate, maybe I could've argued that it didn't say "transnuchal" therefore not the one with bloods? I only have one week left if I do get this...also apparently there is no medicare rebate on this particular scan. I have been between crying (which I've done and still doing on and off) and wanting to scream at the surgery where the doc works! Now, I have to try and find another doctor because I'm not going back to this idiot again!!!

    What am I supposed to do?? Why can't you be given the correct information in the first place?? My doc when he gave me the referral told me he couldn't refer to the hospital for the scan because the surgery isn't part of QLD Health...apparently that is bulls**t because the hospital told me anyone can refer the hospital...but it was too late by then cos there wasn't enough time as they need 2-3 wks notice. The stupid doctor should have told me about bloods, about only 2 places doing this scan but no...told me choose which one is closest to me and go there.....stupid idiot...!!! Don't they know not the mess with pg women?



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    Awww Cass, I hate when they don't tell you all the info!! And that does sound unusual that the doc couldnt refer you to the hospital for the scan.. Maybe they wouldnt do the scan there because if their machines arent that great, it might mean they arent really meant to do the scan for the nuchal thickness. It might also have something to do with their insurance, or something.. not sure.

    Is that scan you are talking about the same thing as NT scan? If so, I got a medicare rebate of $60 or so for it when I did it. I had to pay in full then go to a medicare office and get the money back for it, they woudlnt give me the rebate on the spot, and it does count towards the safety net.

    Well I hope you can find a place in time to have the scan. Hopefully theres somewhere a little more helpful.

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    Is the NT scan for nuchal thickness? Did you do a blood test that went in conjunction with the scan? I was told today only after I'm standing at the counter mind you that it would cost $150 with no rebate. So, I have no idea anymore

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    Hi,

    That all sounds very strange to me.

    As far as i knew any place that does scans can do the NT scan. Its just a matter of zooming in on the the space at the back of the neck and measuring it i thought. And with conjunction of the bloods you get taken it gives you your results.

    I would be ringing/seeing the dr for clarification cos it sounds like someone is giving you the wrong information. Im not sure i would get a new dr right now, just go back to your old one and get them to sort it out, otherwise you will go over the time in which you are allowed to have this scan done.

    Yes, you do have to pay for the NT scan. Its only covered completely if you are high risk and have to have it done. If you choose to have it done you have to pay for it.

    How frustrating for you.

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    OK - You do have to get a specific referral for the NT scan - at least in Victoria. The 12w checkup at the hossy is just a dating scan, where they check the CRL and ensure that your dates all tie up OK. At our hossy they really dont have the correct equipment in that part of the hospital for this scan. I'm not sure whether this is what you mean or not...... Maybe I'm on the wrong wavelength from your post? I apologise if I am.
    Most drs dont make a big deal of the scan unless you are more likely tobe at risk. Soif you have had previous problems or you are older (normally 35+). This is another reason why its not covered under Medicare.

    If you want to get a check done, can I suggest the Triple screen test, where at about 15w they takea blood sample and give you a risk of abnormalities (I believe downs, and trisomy) based on your age and your blood. This is fully covered by Medicare. No out of pocket costs.
    From here - if you have an elevated risk, they will refer you for an amnio, which would be covered under Medicare I believe - or at least some portion.

    I get that you are pi$$ed - this happened to me too with my first pregnancy, and I was a little miffed, but then I got the blood test back and I had next to no risk, so it may have been a waste of money.
    But the important thing to ask yourself is - will the blood test give you the answers you need, and what would you have done if the scan had shown something.
    I know its not much consolation, and you must be fuming inside, but maybe a call to the dr tomorrow will help sort things out.

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    i had my NT for my first pg done at maters mothers if that helps - they were great there - bummer your dr didnt tell you all the right info

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    Cass I had the EXACT same thing happen to me here in Brissy.
    I got a referral for a NT (nuchal translucency scan) and I booked an appt with QDI (Queensland Diagnostic Imaging). When I showed up for my scan, I was then told that they do not do them there, or at ANY QDI's anymore.
    I was in tears with frustration, but luckily my GP was able to get an appt at the RBWH for a scan within the time frame .
    I would go back to your GP and demand that they get you booked in for a scan on time! I'm fairly certain that any doctor should be able to refer you to a hospital for a scan....

    All the best Cass... *hugs*

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    Hi,

    Maybe its different over here in WA. Cos for one of my pregnancies i just went to my local x-ray and ultrasound place and they did the scan no worries. The only thing i remember them mentioning is that they had to have the right technician on to do it as she was the only one trained to know what she was doing. All my others i have had at the hospital i am having my baby at and the scan is routine there.

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    Thanks everyone.

    Kristi, I am still considering changing doc's because this is the second time he's not given me correct information in 2 visits. I'm afraid to really see him or speak to him again because he seems to lead me up the garden path...strange this is he's done ob training!

    Ambah, I was even tempted to write an email to Premier Beattie telling him if he gets re-elected this weekend that he HAD BETTER fix more than what he's saying!! lol. Well, it was QDI I went to at Chermside and they said they used to do them and could still do a measurement but not as well as Everton Park and Strathpine where they have the latest equipment for it. I called the Royal yesterday afternoon and they can't just "squeeze" me in, it has to go through normal way of fax my referral (even though it's on a QDI referral) and see if I get in on time. The lady did see if she could shortcut it for me so that was nice. They also told me that YES, any doc can refer to the Royal which is NOT what my doc told me...he told me because the medical centre isn't part of QLD Health he couldn't refer there!! I did think it sounded really weird, but took his word for it at the time. Anyway, have faxed off the referral this morning and am now taking it as if I get in I do, if I don't, then I don't.

    Fi, I might just look into that blood test screen especially if I miss this window. Thanks for that information. Once again, something no one has mentioned...I start to wonder sometimes if doc's actually study and know what they're talking about!! They don't appear to OFFER you information and you have to scrounge for it yourself.

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    Hi,

    If this isnt the first time he has offered you misleading information then i think you shoud absolutely change drs, you must be given clear, concise information by your health professional at all times and if you cant trust them to do that then you should definately change. I was just saying to maybe not change until you get this scan sorted out so as to avoid anymore delays. But if you are happy that if you get in you get in and if you dont, you dont then i would go ahead and change now.

    I really hope they can sort it all out for you and get you in, in time.

    Good luck with it all

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    I am so sorry this has happened to you. There a couple of things to consider. Firstly, there are NOT only two places in Brissy that can do these, obviously they meant only two QDI places. So if you can't get into the Royal on time, you can try other places. Secondly, the full medicare rebate is only available for a limited time. You can have the scan up to 14 weeks or something, but the full rebate is only available if you have it during the so called most accurate window, which is something like 11 wks 6 days to 12 wks 6 days - the exact dates are listed in another thread somewhere. So if cost is an issue you should check on this (the Royal should be able to tell you, the place where I had my scan gave me this info).

    I would also be wanting another dr after this. I wish you lots of luck and hope it all works out.

    melanie

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    Cass i horpe you are able to find somewhere to get your scan done.
    I got no rebate for having mine done and i did try in the medicare office yesterday to claim for it but as it's a screening test it's not covered unless you are high risk before you have the scan done.

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    Well, just had a call from the hospital and they can't fit me in for a scan within the "window" for nuchal thickness....so I guess that I'm not meant to get it done. Part of me is like ok at least if it showed on the higher end of the scale I now won't know and therefore can't worry about it. Then there's a part that is like "what if" there is something I just won't know at all now...aaargh! Although I will look into what Fi said about the bloods at 15 wks. Also, what if there were twins I won't know until 18-20 wks...although I don't think it is, but you know what I mean. So many things just go through your mind

    Kristi, tis cool... I understand what you meant, I just don't trust him anymore now.

    There's even conflicting information over the whole medicare thing huh!

    Thanks so much for your replies and input, it's much appreciated.

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    Hi,

    Thats a bummer.

    Why dont you request a dating scan?

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    The lady yesterday said because I already have EDD that I don't need it, good suggestion though, might have to see if a new doc could help there. Or maybe find a doc who has one of those little portable u/s machines.... I'm now shrugging my shoulders about the whole thing...lol At least the hospital was really nice and they have given me much better information and I will be having my first visit there in about 4 weeks

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    Ozzy, It sounds like you have had the run around you poor chooky. It is inaccurate and totally false that there are only two places in Brisbane that do NT u/s. It is true that you need a machine with high resolution to be most accurate in measuring the nuchal fold which is the little fluid filled'bag' at the back of the baby's neck.

    I hear from the above posts that some women have not been able to claim a rebate for NT u/s. I am not sure why. You should get a rebate if the scan is done within the accurate window time frame.

    YOu do have choices though. Dr Frank Carmody is a Foetal Medicine Specialist and works out of private consulting rooms at the Wesley Hospital and also has rooms at Sunnybank. I believe Frank is one of the best at NT u/s. I feel certain you would get in to see him if you phoned for an appointment and explained your dilemma. He always has "spare" appoinments - just be persuasive! It costs about $190 and you the last time I had this done was in Feb and I received about $80 back. You will need a referral from a doctor - any doctor and Frank's receptionist will fax the pathology form to a QML branch so you can have your bloods done.

    I hope this helps in some way....

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    Deb, thanks for that information. I might chase that up on Monday. I have started wondering though, is it better to know or not to know? I don't want to spend months worrying *sighs* I will have a chat to DH tonight when he gets home. Thank you so much though, it's always very helpful when it's someone in the same area as you that has had things done that you're asking about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ozziehoffy
    I have started wondering though, is it better to know or not to know? I don't want to spend months worrying *sighs*.
    Cass, I think that depends on what you intend to do if you discovered there was a problem (ie. Down Syndrome). If you would continue the preganancy regardless, then it may not really matter if you don't find out until your 18 week scan. However, if you were to consider the option of terminating the pregancy, then of course, the earlier you know the better IMO. HTH's somewhat.

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