The American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine

Entertainment Ultrasound

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.

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