Concern over safety of commercial ultrasound scans

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Expectant parents' desire to see images of their unborn children has given rise to commercial companies offering keepsake ultrasound scans without medical supervision, often referred to as "boutique ultrasonography."

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In a special report in this week's BMJ, journalist Geoff Watts considers whether this non-medical use of the technique can be justified.

Improvements in ultrasound technology have transformed antenatal scans from two dimensional black and white images to 3D, 4D and even moving pictures of the unborn child. Expectant parents seeking a CD-ROM or a DVD of their scan can expect to pay

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