Ultrasound is a weird word when you think about it. Ultra means excessive or extreme, so does this machine use excessive sound waves to form the picture? I haven’t a clue on how it works.
We showed up to our ultrasound appointment just two days after our first, on August 17, 2012 at 9:00am. Back to the set of the Truman Show, we waited about 10 minutes before we were summoned. I was sent to sit in a chair, which seems will be my job at these things, while my wife put on that sexy hospital gown. In a few minutes she arrived, laid on the bed, and the doc went to work.
And there it was. If there were any remaining shreds of doubt they were torn to pieces at the sound of the hummingbird like heartbeat. Here is our fetus:
It kind of looks like a mini demented elephant to me. As it shows in the picture, it’s estimated she was 8 weeks 1 day, which brought the due date to March 20, 2013.
The doc click clacked a bit more, drew some lines on the screen, typed on the keyboard and made some small talk all the while we watched our little peanut wiggle around to the “whoosh” bass that I expect to hear in a future Skrillex song. According to doc, all looked well and we would be giving birth to an elephant in 7 months. Everything came in clear so a vaginal ultrasound was deemed unnecessary, much to the dismay of Lisa.
The doc then shut the machine off and told us to go home. From the time they said hello to the time we walked out the door it was about 20 minutes.
Below are the financial details for this visit.
*** 402 OTH IMAG ULTRASOUND ***
U/S OB LESS THAN 14 WEEKS  $550.00
*** 921 OTHER DIAG PERIPHERAL LAB ***
U/S DOPPLER ABD  $500
GRAND TOTAL: $1050.00
Another grand, not a bad deal for the hospital, they made out to about $3,150 per hour. Note sure what the second charge is, perhaps it was for the reading or some kind of lab after the ultrasound was over?
Update 9/17/12: We received another bill for this visit from a different part of the hospital. I assume this one has to do with reading or examining the results of the ultrasound or something?
So that brings the total for this visit up to $1,215, yay!