- A Consumer Update revised by the FDA on Tuesday said that ultrasounds should be performed for medical reasons only and by licensed staff
- While there is no proof that ultrasounds are harmful to the baby, it heats the baby’s tissues slightly and can also cause small bubbles in tissue
- Ultrasounds help doctors determine the health, size, and age of the child and can detect birth defects and shouldn’t be used for emotional reasons
Many expecting mothers want to see their new baby and get very excited about 3D ultrasounds. Although they do not often think that too many ultrasounds or 3D ultrasounds are at all dangerous.
While there is no proof that ultrasounds are harmful to the baby, it heats the baby’s tissues slightly and can also cause small bubbles in tissue.
‘Although there is a lack of evidence of any harm due to ultrasound imaging and heartbeat monitors, prudent use of these devices by trained health care providers is important,’ says Shahram Vaezy, Ph.D., an FDA biomedical engineer in the update.
‘Ultrasound can heat tissues slightly, and in some cases, it can also produce very small bubbles (cavitation) in some tissues,’ she adds.
Doctors don’t yet know the long term effects of these scans on the child and fear that non-medical imaging centers aimed at giving mothers photos and videos for sentimental reasons do not take the baby’s health into consideration.
The FDA says that at such places the fetus could be exposed to up to an hour of ultrasound technology which is longer than most doctors spend.
Mothers are seeking out the unnecessary medical to get renderings of their child so they can share them on social media or feel an emotional connection to their child.
CBS spoke with Donquesha Williams, 26, who had an ultrasound done at Meet Your Baby in the Lakewood Center Mall in Southern California.
‘These are going to go in my photo album. I get to actually see him… so I’m excited and everything,’ Williams said.
‘We use the same machine as the doctor,’ owner Michael Horan said.
‘Our techs spend a little more time to get a more enjoyable session out of it.’
The state of Connecticut has already banned prenatal ultrasounds for non-medical use.
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