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Are there any fetal risks to an abdominal ultrasound examination?
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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
5 doctors agree
In brief: None known.
Despite theoretical concerns, extensive clinical experience with prenatal ultrasound for the past 3 decades suggests extreme safety with medically indicated use of alara (as low as reasonably achievalbe) energy/exposure.
Scandinavian study suggested increased incidence of non-righthandedness after routine prenatal ultrasounds - but larger follow-up failed to confirm this.

In brief: None known.
Despite theoretical concerns, extensive clinical experience with prenatal ultrasound for the past 3 decades suggests extreme safety with medically indicated use of alara (as low as reasonably achievalbe) energy/exposure.
Scandinavian study suggested increased incidence of non-righthandedness after routine prenatal ultrasounds - but larger follow-up failed to confirm this.
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
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Dr. Carl Decker
Radiology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No...
For an abdominal ultrasound the fetus would not usually be evaluated other than to determine viability (if that is in question).
Otherwise, the abdominal ultrasound looks at the liver, kidneys, pancreas, gallbladder, spleen and perhaps the bladder. Remember, we use ultrasound all the time to evaluate pregnancies from very early to third trimester without harm to the fetus.

In brief: No...
For an abdominal ultrasound the fetus would not usually be evaluated other than to determine viability (if that is in question).
Otherwise, the abdominal ultrasound looks at the liver, kidneys, pancreas, gallbladder, spleen and perhaps the bladder. Remember, we use ultrasound all the time to evaluate pregnancies from very early to third trimester without harm to the fetus.
Dr. Carl Decker
Dr. Carl Decker
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