Ultrasound dangerous for unborn children?

  1. ultrasound scans can affect brain development

    washington-exposure to ultrasound can affect fetal brain development, a new study suggests. but researchers say the findings, in mice, should not discourage pregnant women from having ultrasound scans for medical reasons.

    http://www.usatoday.com/tech/science...y-brains_x.htm
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  2. 9 Comments

  3. by   NurseLatteDNP
    Tom Cruise bought a professional Ultrasound machine so him and Kate can see the baby all the time at home! I was always wondering if he can affect his unborn baby with that.
  4. by   mercyteapot
    Great, now I have something to add to my list of ''did this cause my son's autism'' worries. I had 2 U/S, one that was not strictly medically necessary at 25 weeks and one that was at ~35.
  5. by   indigo girl
    Quote from mercyteapot
    Great, now I have something to add to my list of ''did this cause my son's autism'' worries. I had 2 U/S, one that was not strictly medically necessary at 25 weeks and one that was at ~35.

    mercyteapot, it tears my heart out to read your post, and to know that you are thinking this way. I swear, I will take back every post on vaccines and autism (and everyone will rejoice), if only you would stop. We all admire your fine mind, and sharp wit. Don't use them on yourself. I know you know this, since you're no fool, but we do the best we can with the information we have, period. There a million other things to use your considerable energy on, and I know you're doing them, so you just had a temporary lapse into a place you can get lost in. I'm glad you did it here, so we can drag you out if you need dragging. I so wish we could make things better for you about this, but we don't have the power to fix everything. We can try though.

    indigo

    P.S. I think I'll just shut up now. Don't mean to intrude.
  6. by   mercyteapot
    Quote from indigo girl
    mercyteapot, it tears my heart out to read your post, and to know that you are thinking this way. I swear, I will take back every post on vaccines and autism (and everyone will rejoice), if only you would stop. We all admire your fine mind, and sharp wit. Don't use them on yourself. I know you know this, since you're no fool, but we do the best we can with the information we have, period. There a million other things to use your considerable energy on, and I know you're doing them, so you just had a temporary lapse into a place you can get lost in. I'm glad you did it here, so we can drag you out if you need dragging. I so wish we could make things better for you about this, but we don't have the power to fix everything. We can try though.

    indigo

    P.S. I think I'll just shut up now. Don't mean to intrude.
    Thank you for your thoughts, indigo girl. I don't mean to be melodramatic; I am by nature interested in the ''why'' of things, and given the impact autism has had on our lives, unless we find out for sure what caused my son's (and I doubt we ever will), I know that I'll go to my grave wondering. I don't think it is uncommon for people with any condition of unknown or non-specific etiology to feel this way, but I also have friends in the autism world who say ''what difference does it make?'' To me, a lot. My Mom has non-Hodgkins lymphoma, and she said anytime she reads an article linking anything to cancer, even other types, her mind starts racing, trying to decide how that might have affected her. OTOH, I try with varying levels of success not to let my thoughts in this direction take over my life. My son starts high school on Monday, though, so I think I am particularly vulnerable to these feelings right now.
  7. by   fergus51
    Considering this is only in mice, I wouldn't put too much stock in it yet. A lot of things that are true for mice aren't true for humans.
  8. by   Roy Fokker
    Of mice and men, eh fergus?

    Ok. I'll stop with the bad jokes...
  9. by   sanctuary
    Quote from mercyteapot
    Great, now I have something to add to my list of ''did this cause my son's autism'' worries. I had 2 U/S, one that was not strictly medically necessary at 25 weeks and one that was at ~35.


    Short answer- NO... Long answer- NO, but it is not surprising to look for answers when your child carries that diagnosis. One young man I know told his Mom when he became verbal at the age of almost 10 that he began to speak so she would stop worrying about him. "This is the me I got to be this time, Mom."
    He never really explained the "this time" part.
  10. by   sanctuary
    Quote from kiyatylese
    Tom Cruise bought a professional Ultrasound machine so him and Kate can see the baby all the time at home! I was always wondering if he can affect his unborn baby with that.
    If it is true, will it be called the Cruise Syndrome? Or the TomKat Syndrome?
  11. by   NurseLatteDNP
    Quote from sanctuary
    If it is true, will it be called the Cruise Syndrome? Or the TomKat Syndrome?
    :chuckle Yeah, I guess that's right. Here is the link:http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10309963/

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