January '13 - Welfare of People Using 4D Baby Scanning Services

January Ultrasound Direct has learnt that the Care Quality Commission (CQC) now insists on the public being made aware of safety guidelines for 4D baby scanning.

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) and British Medical Ultrasound Society (BMUS) has recommended for many years that "non-diagnostic" baby scanning should not be performed and that souvenir recordings are only reasonable as part of a diagnostic scan.

Yet many 4D baby scan providers, even some who currently have CQC registration, cut costs by providing 4D souvenir scan services with no diagnostic value. Many professionals continue to be concerned about the promotion of non-diagnostic 4D scan services and are worried that the owner / managers of such practices do not have the relevant experience and qualifications to offer medical ultrasound services.

Ultrasound Direct's Babybond® 4D services are booked as part of a clinical framework and available either for free as part of a private, diagnostic antenatal scan or as a 4D growth scan with printed growth report in the 3rd trimester.

All Babybond® pregnancy scans operate within published guidelines for thermal exposure times and mechanical index values.

The protocols used by Ultrasound-Direct for its ultrasound scans has never been shown to cause harm and we use the As Low As Reasonably Achievable (ALARA) principle when scanning. The study of ultrasound safety continues to be reviewed by various professional bodies.
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