Are Non-medical Uses of Ultrasound Completely Safe? 

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine acknowledge that the medical use of ultrasound by a well-trained technician poses no known risks to babies.

However, ultrasound can affect the body, and the long-term effects of repeated or prolonged exposure are unknown. To be safe, health-care experts recommend that ultrasound be performed only by a trained provider and only when medically indicated.

Excerpted from: Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn

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