Ultrasound in obstetrics: A review of safety

Reli Hershkovitz, Eyal Sheiner, Moshe Mazor

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The data available to data suggest that diagnostic US has no adverse effect on embryogenesis or fetal growth. However, although B and M mode are safe during the first trimester, color, pulsed or power Doppler should be performed with caution. The US effects are mainly due to cavitation. However, this Mechanism has been determined mainly in animal models. Thermal effect, which was thought to be hazardous, probably does not influence fetal development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-18
Number of pages4
JournalEuropean Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Biology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 10 Feb 2002


  • B and M mode
  • Cavitation
  • Doppler
  • Safety
  • Ultrasound

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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