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Old Aug 29th, 2017, 20:00 PM   1
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Level 2 Ultrasound vs anatomy


SO. I am confused. I've read that Level 2 ultrasounds and anatomy scans are the same thing...? But, when I had my appointment a while ago, they wanted to schedule me for a level 2 ultrasound due to history of a heart defect in my family (just a first cousin) and that they couldn't do that in there office. They just wanted to be sure of health issues. They scheduled it to be at the hospital instead of their office (private practice) and it could be done at 14 weeks. The hospital scheduled me for 18 weeks saying that anatomy scans should be done at that time. It seems confusing to me.... The hospital seems to think it's just for general anatomy, even though the online health portal says its a level 2 scan. However, my office had wanted that done much earlier and were puzzled when I told them I was scheduled for 18 weeks instead.

Anyway, my main question is whether there's a difference in the scans? They made it seem like a special thing for health risks and not something everyone else gets done. However, when I googled it, it seems pretty commonplace/ default.

Thoughts? My level 2 ultrasound / anatomy scan is Thursday AM! I've also seen some are 3d and some are 2d. What has been your experience if you've had it done?



 
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Old Aug 29th, 2017, 20:54 PM   2
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Following as I'm waiting for a call to schedule my level 2.



 
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Old Aug 29th, 2017, 21:15 PM   3
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I don't know that mine was a level 2 scanor anything because they just kept calling it a fetal echo but I was definitely sent to another location for that. It was basically just a more in depth look at my little guys heart since I had a slightly higher risk of abnormalities and could be done around 14 weeks as well. They ended up doing it at the same time as a growth scan since it was still too early for the anatomy one but other than the length of the appointment nothing wss really different. They maybe used a different probey thingy but I didn't notice that even. I hope yours ends up as uneventful as mine was and you can breathe easy soon!



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Old Aug 30th, 2017, 03:02 AM   4
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I've definitely read on pregnancy apps that they're the same thing. In the Uk it's called an anomaly scan and as far as I knew all three were the same thing. I think maybe your place has called it level 2 but really it's something else, as you say something more specific that not all women necessarily have. i also thought anatomy scans had to be done from 18-21 weeks so are you sure this scan is replacing your anatomy scan and not as well as? I'd ask someone if I were you to try and clear up the confusion.



 
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Old Aug 30th, 2017, 10:26 AM   5
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I was told it was supposed to be replacing my anatomy scan and done earlier around 14-15 weeks and then finding out if it's a boy or girl at 18-19 weeks in the private OB office. They were annoyed. SOOOO... now i've ended up with this appointment tomorrow and then an appointment at my OB on tuesday for what would have been finding out if it's a boy or girl. However, they're probably going to do some other things instead since I'll be finding out tomorrow. Maybe if anatomy isn't clear whether it's a boy or girl tomorrow, they'll check again tuesday?



 
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Old Aug 30th, 2017, 10:50 AM   6
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I also read that they are the same, but I'll share my experience.

DS2 had an EIF at his anatomy scan, which was done at 20 weeks. Dr said it was most likely no big deal (it can be a soft marker for downs), but sent me for a level 2 scan. My level 2 was at 21 weeks with a high-risk OB. The level 2 was MUCH more in depth. Took about an hour. They were looking to see if there were any other soft markers, so they went through literally every part of his body. They looked at his pinky fingers for curvature, his toes for sandal gap, etc. they also took a good look at his heart.

They also sent me back at 32 weeks for a growth scan. He was born on the 12th completely typical, no downs, like they predicted after the level 2.

So in my experience they are two different things.



 
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Old Aug 30th, 2017, 13:19 PM   7
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I know them as two very different scans. I think it can depend on why your having the scan. My previous pregnancy was high risk so I went to perinatal for higher level scans. I ve had a fetal echo done which is specifically for the Heart and then I ve had full on higher level scans for blood flow and genetic abnormalities along with growth. At almost all of those scans they looked at the entire fetal anatomy and measured out everything which is what they should do at an anatomy scan as well except higher level scans go into a lot more detail. Technically they kind of do the same thing but it's not the same as a normal anatomy scan as far as how in depth/detailed it is.

My anatomy scan with this pregnancy was very different then my higher level scans with my previous.



 
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Old Aug 30th, 2017, 19:23 PM   8
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A level 2 scan takes more in depth measurements than a typical anatomy scan. This includes more images of the heart, brain, other internal organs, etc. It takes longer than a regular anatomy scan but it isn't exclusive to fetuses at risk of health problems.

I declined first trimester genetic testing because neither DH or I have anything genetic in our families that we know of. We also declined it because it wouldn't have Madeline difference in our decision to keep the baby regardless of any genetic abnormality. We asked our midwife for a level 2 ultrasound, however, to mentally prepare ourselves in the even there was a defect of some sort. But everything turned out normal, just as we expected it would.



 
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Old Aug 31st, 2017, 15:38 PM   9
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Well, just finished up earlier and the scan went great!!!! My mom and husband were with me; my mom was curious and asked if they did 3d and the sonographer said oh yeah, lets see.,. And we were able to get a little shot of him He's also a boy. No doubt!! My hunch was right!!
I enjoyed seeing everything in depth too. It sure was detailed. We got to see the blood flow in the umbilical cord, arteries, heart, etc. Quite interesting.
I will attach picture later. I am so relieved for a healthy baby boy!
The level 2 ultrasound definitely helped give me reassurance. It took about an hour in all.



 
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Old Aug 31st, 2017, 21:08 PM   10
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I'm glad it went well and congrats on the little boy!



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