Woman having a ultrasound scan with doctor
Research report
11 December 2019

How many scans to expect when you're expecting

Too many ultrasound scans are given in pregnancy, experts say.

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Jon-Paul H.
13 Jan 2020
Scans and the perception of harm, baby and the health system

The theme that continues to come though is medicine is looking to harm people to make money. No, fundamentally the opposite of what they are trying to achieve.

There has not been any correlation between ultrasound and harm to unborn babies. If there was then they would stop using it. Radiation from X-Ray and CT scans, yes, these can ave an impact on baby, which is why they don't use them on pregnant women. It is also not a risk from being int he same facility, if it was then the whole radiology team would have a problem.

If you think this is a problem then you don't understand the world around. There are significantly more harmful things going on than ultrasound. As in high pitched sound waves.

On the other side, if there was a genuine issue with the supply of public services for ultrasound, then there wouldn't be so many ultrasounds. The majority of pregnancy ultrasounds are done privately, this is not taking away from the public need. If there are public ultrasounds being done, then there is typically a medical reason why they need to be done. The public system does not pay for it for kicks.

James C.
11 Jan 2020
Been there. Bad experience

Timely article. This is an aspect of the medical profession gone made - all in the name of 'protocol' and wanting to feel in control. We lost our first within days of the 20 week anatomical scan. This scan can last for 20+ minutes with 5+ min on the head if it is in a difficult position. The ultrasound scans give off energy. AND you may not be aware but you can request the sonographer to turn the power output down on the machine (something they fail to tell patients). I read a published study that showed a greater occurrence of left-handedness in scanned babies - proving there is an impact.

We don't know if it was the cause behind our loss, but nobody can say it wasn't. The autopsy showed no contributing factors. The look on my wife's face when the sonographer turned the machine off and broke the news was heartbreaking.

On subsequent scans we were very cautious - only two and only quick and essentials. One sonographer got upset at us telling her how to do her job and stormed out of the room after me asking her to respect the patients wishes. We had a similar experience when a triage nurse wanted to shove Pamol down our 6mth olds mouth before even receiving a consult with the Doctor. All in the name of protocol. (we were advised previously by our Paediatrician not to give Pamol). It's unnerving how freely Pamol is given to babies and toddlers - as it no more harmful than water.

And then the medical industry and society berates parents for applying caution, doing their own research and becoming informed. Yet this is exactly what one needs to do. Blind faith can have bad outcomes. My advice - be informed. Vaccines too. That little treasure you are bringing into the world is counting on it.

Fiona H.
07 Jan 2020
Agree completely

Great article. We have a low wage economy and limited resources for health care. Limiting scans to those really needed is essential