To scan or not to scan during pregnancy?
Germany has passed a new law, for the protection of babies in utero, FORBIDDING pregnancy scans unless there is a REAL medical need for it.
“The high intensity of ultrasound necessary for these images carries a potential risk for the unborn child, particularly as the absorption of these in the bone is significantly increased during early development of the osseous tissue.
Furthermore, no reliable studies evaluating the consequences of this application exist.
Therefore the practice of using ultrasound scans for non-medical use – for example just to obtain a picture of the foetus – without a medical need having been established, is prohibited.”
The use of ultrasound in prenatal diagnostic is still very important, but beyond the necessary scans during a pregnancy (and for high risk pregnancies) the use of ultrasound to see the baby for no real reason will no longer be an option.
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