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Admin on 06/11/2018

WFUMB Policy on Live Scanning at Commercial Exhibitions

While WFUMB does not object to live scanning at WFUMB meetings, the involvement of pregnant women and children, and the use of invasive scanning and contrast agents are not acceptable. In addition, the use of corporate employees to perform scans is acceptable, but such activities should not be considered educational. Scanning by physicians and/or technologists can be considered educational, but only if handled in an educational setting.

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Admin on 06/11/2018

WFUMB/ISUOG Policy Statement on Souvenir Imaging of the Fetus

The WFUMB disapproves of the use of ultrasound for the sole purpose of providing souvenir Images of the fetus. There have been no reported incidents of human fetal harm in over 40 years of extensive use of medically indicated and supervised diagnostic ultrasound. Nevertheless, ultrasound involves exposure to a form of energy, so there is the potential to initiate biological effects. Some of these effects might, under certain circumstances, be detrimental to the developing fetus. Therefore the uncontrolled use of ultrasound without medical benefit should be avoided. Furthermore, ultrasound should be employed only by health professionals who are trained and updated in ultrasound clinical usage and bioeffects.

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Admin on 06/11/2018

WFUMB Clinical Safety Statement for Diagnostic Ultrasound - an overview

Diagnostic ultrasound has been widely used in clinical medicine for many years with no proven deleterious effects. However, investigations into the possibility of subtle or transient effects are still at an early stage. Biological effects (such as localized pulmonary capillary bleeding) have been reported in mammalian systems at diagnostically relevant exposures but the clinical significance of such effects is not yet known. Consequently, diagnostic ultrasound can only be considered safe if used prudently. Ultrasound examinations should only be performed by competent personnel who are trained and updated in safety matters. It is also important that ultrasound devices are appropriately maintained.

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