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Ultrasound (cont.)

After the Ultrasound

Once the ultrasound procedure is complete, gel will be wiped off your skin and you should be able to resume your normal activities immediately in most cases or within a few hours if a more invasive study is done.

Ultrasound Risks

According to the Food and Drug Administration, ultrasound has an excellent safety record since it was put into regular use more than 30 years ago.

It avoids the use of radiation that is common in other diagnostic procedures by using harmless sound waves to produce images.

By using ultrasound technology to assist in other procedures, you may also reduce the risk and increase the effectiveness of those other procedures.

Specialized high intensity ultrasound waves such as those used for ESWL and HIFU have the ability to cause discomfort and potentially serious damage to tissue nearby the area of treatment. These risks are minimized by good control of wave intensity exposure timing and focus techniques.

Currently, 3D and 4D ultrasound is being used to allow parents and their families to see a three-dimensional image of their child while still in the womb. The cost of these ultrasounds is around $200. However, the risks to the fetus is currently under debate. The FDA and several medical organizations, such as the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM), have come out against “entertainment” sonograms, citing potential health hazards with non-medically justified ultrasound energy and possible misinterpretation of sonograms by patients and unskilled personnel. The ultrasound heats up tissue and this increase in temperature has also been cited as a potential risk. The FDA considers it illegal for anyone to promote, sell, or lease ultrasound equipment for the purpose of making keepsake fetal videos, particularly if there is no medical prescription.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/11/2016

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