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  •  This law... (4+ / 0-)
    Despite viral propaganda to the contrary -- and yes, "we" do that, too -- a skilled practitioner usually does not need a vaginal probe to perform the required scan.
    This law specifies that the ultrasound technique used be the one that 'provides the best possible image'. Not 'provides an adequate image' or anything like that, but 'the best possible'. If (I'm not a medical professional) the average quality of a transvaginal ultrasound really is better than that of an abdominal ultrasound, then a physician who uses the latter really is breaking this law.

    May not be the case in Texas, but if the law is being read correctly, it certainly does seem to be true here.

    •  The average quality of the image (2+ / 0-)
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      most often depends on the average quality of the machine and the operator. Our law also specifies that we use best practice in all aspects of the scan--in both sound and image quality.

      If no sac is visible on abdominal scan, a vaginal scan may be indicated -- and that was the case even when these laws were still nothing but some jeebatollah's pregnancy porn fantasy -- but in a patient with normal anatomy, experienced ultrasound operators usually can identify and measure a sac at 5mm. That's only a few days after a missed period.

      Ultrasound images are part of a patient's record. In addition to observing our practices in real time, state inspectors have access to all records. And please believe that the Texas state government licensing inspectors cut us no slack at all.

      "Texas is going to shrink government until it fits into a woman's uterus." -- Texas State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte

      by moiv on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 12:56:16 PM PST

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    •  Actually, the best possible scan would come from (1+ / 0-)
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      cutting open her belly and sticking the probe directly in the opening as there would be no cervix to get in the way.  Of course, the woman would not be allowed any sedation (though an epidural should be fine) as that would interfere with her ability to fully understand the scan.

      Yes, those people are that evil that they would probably try to argue exactly that in court.

      You have watched Faux News, now lose 2d10 SAN.

      by Throw The Bums Out on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 01:37:22 PM PST

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      •  Anything that scares a woman (1+ / 0-)
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        so much that she's afraid to even think about having an abortion would probably appeal to way too many of them.

        And if they had their way, then they'd say it was her own fault if she ended up like this:

        God Forbid.

        "Texas is going to shrink government until it fits into a woman's uterus." -- Texas State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte

        by moiv on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 02:46:29 PM PST

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