Safety

Is obstetric ultrasound considered safe?

Research suggests that there are no known risks of obstetric ultrasound scans. Unlike x-ray and CT imaging, ultrasound scans do not use ionising radiation.

We follow guidance issued by the BMUS (British Medical Ultrasound Society) guidelines for the safe use of diagnostic ultrasound equipment. We use modern equipment that is regularly serviced and follow the ALARA (As Low As Reasonably Possible) principle, which means scanning for no longer than is necessary to meet the scan objectives. We also monitor the power settings to ensure that given the scan length, we are limiting ultrasound exposure to meet BMUS recommendations.

All our Sonographers are fully qualified and trained in the safe use of ultrasound.

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