Richard Strauss: Writer offers flawed analysis | Letters to the Editor

John Rosemond’s July 10 article, “Ultrasound Research Is Obscure,” did a disservice to pregnant women and their families. Rosemond suggested that prenatal ultrasound (US) might be linked to the development of autism. He wrote, “…advances in medical technology over the past 50 years have rendered the United States largely useless” and “…do the risks justify bombarding a fetus with high-intensity sound waves which, according to many, researchers, could interfere with the proper migration of cells? in the developing brain? »

It sounds awful… if it were true, of course; fortunately, this is not the case. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), America’s premier organization of more than 60,000 such professionals, said in 2016 and reaffirmed in 2021: “Ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging are not associated with risks and are the imaging techniques of choice for the pregnant patient, but should be used with caution and only when they are expected to answer a relevant clinical question or provide benefit doctor to the patient. When used in this way and with properly configured machines, ultrasound poses no risk to the fetus or pregnancy. There have been no documented reports of adverse fetal effects following US procedures…”

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Rosemond’s flawed analysis, not the research, is obscure, inappropriate, and beyond his presumed area of ​​expertise. He is not qualified to give medical advice to pregnant women, let alone scare vulnerable patients with misinformation. Pregnancy is stressful enough without having to worry about something that isn’t a problem.