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WFUMB Recommendations on Non-medical Use of Ultrasound

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WFUMB Recommendations on Non-medical Use of Ultrasound
  • The WFUMB disapproves of the use of ultrasound for the sole purpose of providing keepsake or souvenir images of the fetus.

  • Ultrasound imaging for non-medical reasons is not recommended unless carried out for education, training or demonstration purposes.

  • In the absence of supporting evidence of safety, caution should be used to minimize ultrasound exposure to the fetus.
  • The use of ultrasound to provide keepsake images or videos of the fetus may be acceptable if it is undertaken as part of a clinical diagnostic ultrasound examination, provided that it does not increase exposure to the fetus.
  • The use of ultrasound without medical indication to determine the fetal gender is inappropriate, and contrary to responsible medical practice.
  • Live scanning of pregnant models for equipment exhibitions at ultrasound congresses is considered a non-medical practice that should be prohibited since it provides no medical benefit, and risks to the embryo or fetus cannot be excluded.
  • Ultrasonography is a medical procedure that should only be carried out in the clinical setting where there is a medical indication and when carried out under the supervision of a physician or an appropriately trained expert in diagnostic ultrasound.
  • When using ultrasound for non-medical reasons the ultrasound equipment display should be used to ensure that TI < 0.7 and MI < 0.3.

Approved by WFUMB Administrative Council, October 2015

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