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The American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine

The American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) is an organization of more than 8,000 physicians, sonographers, scientists, and manufacturers who are dedicated to advancing the safe and effective use of ultrasound in medicine through professional and public education, research, development of guidelines, and accreditation.

AIUM experts evaluate research on the biological effects of ultrasound, and work with other organizations and agencies to regulate ultrasound equipment and promote patient safety.

Working with other organizations, the AIUM has developed nationally recognized guidelines for the performance of ultrasound examinations and the qualifications of the people who perform and interpret them.

Institutions, clinics, and private offices that offer diagnostic ultrasound services can demonstrate that they meet rigorous requirements by becoming AIUM-accredited. A directory of AIUM accredited practices is available at www.aium.org/accreditation/directory.aspx.

When a woman has an obstetric ultrasound exam, she may receive pictures of her fetus. Experts in ultrasound know how to keep patient exposure to a minimum during a sonogram, and will only perform sonograms when they are medically necessary.

However, the AIUM opposes entertainment ultrasound, which is used solely to get pretty pictures or determine the fetal sex. Entertainment ultrasound (also called keepsake fetal imaging) is an unapproved and unregulated use of ultrasound that exposes the fetus needlessly, and is often performed by individuals who are untrained in ultrasound safety.

The AIUM's Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine publishes scientific articles on the latest developments in medical ultrasound. The AIUM also awards research grants for work in medical ultrasound.

Through AIUM meetings and educational activities, physicians, sonographers, and scientists can learn about developments and research in the field.

AIUM promotes public awareness of medical ultrasound through events like Medical Ultrasound Awareness Month and the publication of patient information pamphlets. These pamphlets are available to explain many ultrasound procedures, including obstetric ultrasound, gynecologic ultrasound, and pediatric ultrasound.

For examples of prenatal ultrasounds and more information on your baby's fetal development, be sure to read:

To learn more about ultrasounds, check out the following resources:

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