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Are too many Ultrasounds harmful?

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FFPAMELA
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1/20/06 6:45 P

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I've worked in the medical field as a Medical Assistant for 11yrs & with OB/GYN's for 5yrs so I too know & have never once heard a Dr. say that too many is not good. It's only dangerous when you have someone who is not certified, giving you the wrong information. Working with perinatologists who would know if too many were not good. Most of your anomalies are caught with early u/s so obviously it's not due to too many. It's not like when someone delivers the doc says "your baby has this & this wrong, how many u/s have you had"? Please don't take this the wrong way, I'm not being snotty as I type this. Some people were taking my e-mails the wrong way. I only mean good when I write them :)


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1/20/06 5:10 P

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You all probably read my part ealier about how it can be harmful if too many u/s. But remember, your doctor knows best and would not put you or your unborn child in harms way. It becomes harmful to idiots who actually have too much money and buy an u/s machine themselves and use it everyday. Even if you had one each month of your pregnancy, you should still be fine. Take it from someone who has worked at an OB-GYN and is a RN now. You will be FINE!

Edited by: HMC1981 at: 1/20/2006 (17:12)


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FFPAMELA
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1/19/06 6:55 P

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I couldn't resist popping into your board. I've had two debates already over this subject in the April boards. You'll have someone respond to this, with an article they got off the web saying that they are harmful. Or, you'll have someone like me who doesn't agree. I've worked for OB's for 5yrs. Recently just worked for perinatologists where we do frequent u/s on women because they're high risk. I myself, seeing I worked there, had u/s every week for like the first 11wks. Then I started cutting back only because I was more comfortable about a healthy pregnancy. I tried to get preg for 4yrs, this success with our 3rd IVF. Do you think I'd be dumb enough to endanger my baby? Or do you think the docs would allow me to or even to our patients? So, no, I personally don't think they are. They're soundwaves, not radiation.
Ok, I'm done now. I'm sure I will get an arguement from someone out of this :)

Pam


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1/19/06 9:17 A

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I was concerned about that too, I had my first ultrasound at 6 weeks because I had a miscarriage before. But my doctor is not giving another ultrasound until 20 weeks. I did get to hear the heartbeat again though in his office with the doppler monitor and Im only 10 weeks :)

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1/19/06 8:18 A

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I think you should stay away from books with titles like "What doctors won't tell you".I don't think doctors would order too many u/s knowing they were harmful to a baby. Just my oppinion.



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1/18/06 10:09 P

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I haven't done any research into this at all, but I'm sure that there are pro's and con's to it. Like Artemis-75 said, two sides to a debate. At the moment my dr is anticipating only about 3 ultrasounds for my entire pregnancy so I'm not too worried about it.

I was just going to ask the same thing as Artemis-75 tho.... what's wrong with being Left-handed??

I'm left handed (proudly!!) and sorry, but I do tend to get defensive after 25 years of being called things like "spastic handed", "wrong" and getting told by complete strangers "that's not the right way to use a pen!".


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HMC1981
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1/18/06 7:00 P

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I just recently graduated nursing school as an RN. I am not a doctor but I did work at an OB-GYN for a year as the a doctor's nurse. I became very close with this doctor and asked him many questions to decrease my curiosity and to help with my OB rotation I was taking. I do not know the specifics but he did tell me that it is dangerous if an u/s is being used unsupervised and too much. Now what is too much? He brought up a patient of his who actualy bought an u/s machine. She was using it alot. So as long as you are not performing u/s within your home and have a doctor monitoring your u/s, you should not be at risk. I do not think the docotr would schedule you for an u/s if he felt it would be harmful to the baby. Just dont try to be a doctor and perform your own u/s. You dont have the knowlege or expertise. I dont even have the knowlegde or expertise.


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ARTEMIS-75
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1/17/06 9:33 A

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Personally I've never heard of a fetus covering it's ears - but I do find that intriguing!

Please just remember there are always 2 sides to every debate.

For example, from a research paper linked to St Michael's Hospital in Toronto, Ontario:
Are ultrasound exams harmful? There is no evidence to show that ultrasound waves are harmful. Ultrasound waves do not use radiation. This is why prenatal ultrasound testing can be done using ultrasound technology.

From "Informed" Information for Medical Practitioners from the institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (also based out of Toronto):
The Canadian Task Force on Preventative Health Care: There is no scientific evidence of deleterious effect from diagnostic ultrasound on the fetus.

Please don't get me wrong - I'm NOT saying there isn't literature stating that ultrasounds could pose some sort of risk. I'm ONLY saying that there are contrary views as well.

And is being left-handed suposed to be considered a bad thing????



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1/13/06 12:09 P

 
 
I am 11 weeks tomorrow. I had my first ultrasound on 12.15 and found out I was having twins! My last US was on 1.4, and I'll have another one on 1.30. So nothing is wrong with it. They try to stay away from having lots of them unless there's something they need to monitor or unless you're high risk. I've had two in about a month, and let me tell you... I love being spoiled and being able to see my babies more than other mommys... I'm so worried and nervous that something will go wrong being a first time mom with twins, but each glimpse of my two babies' strong heartbeats is positive reassurance that all will be well :D

ARTEMIS-75
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1/13/06 11:42 A

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One of the gals in the waiting room at the ultrasound/imaging office yesterday was asking the same thing.
Ultrasound uses sound waves - completely harmless.




~*~ Erika ~*~
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1/12/06 3:51 P

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I had heard the same thing about "too many ultrasounds", but asked my Doctor about it..
Once a month is not too frequent..as long as medically necessary. I have had two (8 weeks gestation)...After a miscarriage and being over 35..my doctor is taking a more proactive approach... The first ultrasound showed the gestional sac and yolk sac (which was great to see) the second on Jan 10, we were able to see our baby's little heart beating so fast and actually hear it..

I would hold true that your doctor (with all the educational background) will do his/her best in helping you bring a healthy and happy baby into the world..

You will always get advice...take it with a grain of salt, and when in doubt call your doctor..

best wishes to you...


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DS born 8/29/1994
Miscarriage 07/07/05
DS born 8/07/2006
Miscarriage 3/22/08 DC 3/28/08
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1/12/06 3:36 P

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In a teacher's meeting this morning I was showing the latest ultrasound photo. I stated that I would be getting one next month as well. One of my co-workers jumped down my throat and asked me if that was really necessary. She told me that I shouldn't have that many done. I have looked it up on-line and nothing has shown that it would actually harm my baby. What have you heard?


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