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Title
Is diagnostic ultrasound safe? Current international consensus on the thermal mechanism.
Author
Barnett SB; Kossoff G; Edwards MJ
Address
Ultrasonics Laboratory, CSIRO, Chatswood, NSW.
Source
Med J Aust, 1994 Jan 3, 160:1, 33-7
Abstract
OBJECTIVE: To describe the potential risk of heating during ultrasound examinations and to report the international consensus on the safety of ultrasound in medicine. DATA SOURCES AND DATA EXTRACTION: Literature on the biological effects of hyperthermia and ultrasound. CONCLUSION: The use of B-mode grey-scale imaging is not contra-indicated on thermal grounds. Some pulsed Doppler equipment has the potential to produce biologically significant temperature increases, specifically at interfaces between bone and soft tissue. Exposures resulting in temperatures less than 38.5 degrees C can be used without reservation.
Language of Publication
English
Unique Identifier
94097252


MeSH Heading (Major)
Ultrasonography|*/AE/MT/ST
MeSH Heading
Female; Heat; Human; Pregnancy; Safety; Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Ultrasonography, Prenatal

Publication Type
JOURNAL ARTICLE
ISSN
0025-729X
Country of Publication
AUSTRALIA