An abdominal scan for the Crohn's in 2003 indicated a 4 cm post-menapausal simple cyst on one ovary. I opted to just monitor this cyst and was told we could do so up to 8 cms as long as no symptoms and no problems. We've been doing twice a year ultrasounds since watching it slowly grow to almost 8 cms but now am being told if I want I can wait until 10 cms as long as no symptoms and no problems, but at 10 cms the chances of artifacts messing up the films is too great.
So all these years, "because insurance required it" we've been doing first an abdominal ultrasound (full bladder) and then the transvaginal ultrasound (ahhh, get rid of all that urine finally). These were all done at our local hospital.
My ob/gyn recently installed the latest ultrasound equipment and hired an excellent, experienced US tech. I opted to have the next US at his office. The tech did both the abdominal and then the transvaginal as usuall - AND THEN she told me that future USs will only need to be the transvaginal since they now have baseline abdominal US films. I asked her about insurance requiring both be done in order for them to be paid for. That's what the hospital always told me when I mumbled and grumbled about the amount of water needed to be drunk before the abdominal US.
So, obviously just one way the hospital managed to make a couple of extra bucks from the insurance companies. (Same insurance for me thru all this). Seven years of needless abdominal USs my insurances have been paying for!!!!
[*Edited to clarify it was 4 cms, not r cms, and a SIMPLE ovarian cyst - C2]
My computer says I need to upgrade my brain to be compatible with its new software.
Post Edited (CrohnieToo) : 3/28/2010 5:46:56 AM (GMT-6)