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It's a rite of passage for many expectant parents: showing off fuzzy images from the first ultrasound exam. Hoping to capitalize on this trend, some companies now offer nonmedical "keepsake" ultrasounds using 3-D technology to produce near-photographic images. But the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration oppose the practice, saying that overexposure to high-frequency sound waves could be unhealthy, and that commercial ultrasound technicians may lack proper training. "Not all ultrasounds are created equal," Dr. Nancy Hueppchen, a fetal-medicine specialist, told FDA Consumer magazine. "Portrait facilities are not equipped to provide counseling should something go wrong, or proper guidance if a gross abnormality is suspected."
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Title Annotation:Health; high-frequency sound waves can cause danger during ultrasounds
Publication:New York Times Upfront
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Nov 15, 2004
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