Are Non-medical Uses of Ultrasound Completely Safe?

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by Penny Simkin, PT; et al.

Fact or Fiction? Non-medical uses of ultrasound, such as at-home Doppler heartbeat monitors and ultrasound videos or photos, are completely safe.

Fiction. Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine acknowledge that ultrasound poses no known risks to babies, it can affect the body and the long-term effects of extensive exposure are also unknown. To be safe, health care experts recommend that ultrasound be performed only by a trained provider and only when medically indicated.

Excerpted from: Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn: The Complete Guide, Fourth Edition

© copyright 2010 by Parent Trust for Washington Children with permission from its publisher Meadowbrook Press.

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