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FDA warns against commercial prenatal ultrasound videos

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 08 April 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:853
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

    Prenatal ultrasound videos called “keepsake videos” and taken by commercial studios may affect the fetus, warns the US Food and Drug Administration. The administration shut down such studios 10 years ago and is again considering regulatory action. Ultrasound is a form of energy and can't be considered harmless, even at low levels, it says.

    The studios have been springing up in shopping centres in cities and towns across the United States. Typically they use the latest high powered ultrasound equipment, which can cost up to $100 000 (£54 000; €81 000), to produce videos of the …

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