Experts Warn of Dangers of Do-It-yourself Ultrasounds
Reference- Tom Cruise's Use of Fetal Keepsake Ultrasound Called Irresponsible on http://www.wbkansas.com
"Experts argue that actor Tom Cruise's claim to be qualified to perform unsupervised ultrasound exams on his fiancé, Katie Holmes, because he "read the manual" that came with the machine was irresponsible.Experts also called the move potentially dangerous, and that due to Cruise’s celebrity status, may have incorrectly influenced others to place their unborn children at risk by performing such exams with no medical supervision."
Well, ultrasound is a safe examination and is routinely done in pregnancy but still it is not to be done everyday like the way Tom Cruise is advocating. Laboratory studies have shown that ultrasound can produce physical effects in tissue, such as mechanical vibrations and rise in temperature, particularly when used for a prolonged period of time. It is strongly advocated that ultrasound images should be interpreted by properly trained physicians and the results discussed with the parents and treating physicians in order to plan for the best care of the baby and mother.