Should Ultrasound Scanning in Pregnancy be Performed by Indication Only?
- There is little scientific support for routine foetal anomaly scanning using ultrasound.
- Detection of foetal abnormalities during the second trimester depends in part on the sonographer having sufficient time (and skill) to examine the foetus in detail.
- Compared with routine scanning, there are several advantages to select screening of women identified by other prenatal tests as having risk factors for foetal abnormalities.
- Serious consideration should now be given to a selective screening policy.
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