Pregnancy :: Boutique ultrasonography not safe during pregnancy

A report in the British Medical journal on friday said parent’s desire for early snapshots in the womb have led to a rise in commercial companies offering what it describes as “boutique ultrasonography.”

Parents anxious to have souvenir ultrasounds photographs or film clips of their unborn child in the womb should make sure they are done by professionals who follow strict safety guidelines.

Technological advances have enabled parents to get amazing high definition ultrasound images of their unborn baby and even CD-ROMs and DVDs that can cost up to 250 pounds ($490) at commercial companies.

“You should make sure the people carrying out the scans are properly trained to do it and that they have procedures in place to deal with any incidental findings,” said Dr Kevin Martin, the president of the British Medical Ultrasound Society (BMUS).


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