Sonogram scans on babies have been found to impede some brain development (in mice) according to Dr. Pasko Rakic and his colleagues from the Neurobiology department of the Yale School of medicine.
They are therefore recommending that though the distances are greater in humans,
Sonograms for human babies/developing fetuses should only be used when absolutely necessary
-And not for elective or “souvenir” purposes.
So no more ‘scan-your-noggin’ sonogram booth at the med-school keggers anymore, boys and girls!
It’ll rot your brains worse than TV!
The disruption in development, Rakic theorizes, could cause disorders like retardation, schizophrenia and epilepsy, to name a few. Results similar to the mice studies have yet to be shown in humans.
Incidentally, Physical Therapists use a type of ultrasound to reduce scar tissue in skeletal muscle.
It is probably a different frequency and amplitude than that used in baby sonograms, but the idea of ultrasound directly affecting tissues is there, especially since hammies are a bit sturdier than fetal brains.
Photo Credits: “baby”, by Nathan W
Rakic Yale-Ultrasound Fox-Ultrasound Ultrasound for Physical Therapy