Avoid "Keepsake" Ultrasounds

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration recently issued a consumer update discouraging expectant moms from getting ultrasounds simply to have “keepsake” images. John Pellerito, MD, vice chairman of radiology for the North Shore-LIJ Health System, says while there are no studies citing the damage that comes from exposing a fetus to unnecessary ultrasound energy, there are studies done in a test tube of in-vitro tissue showing that high levels of ultrasound energy can heat the fetus’ tissue and mechanically disrupt its cells.

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