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