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Ultrasounds on the rise across U.S.

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

Future mothers are getting more and more ultrasounds during their pregnancies, but is it safe?

The numbers are actually up more than 90%, with U.S. women undergoing an average of 5 ultrasounds during their pregnancies. 

Medical groups recommend just 1 to 2 ultrasounds in low-risk pregnancies, but a Wall Street Journal report cited several reasons for the drastic increase.

It states that clinicians fear that they will miss something.

Another reason may be the patients' desire to see and bond with their growing baby, along with possible financial motives.

Doctors said the problem is the benefit from multiple ultrasounds is unknown.

While many clinicians believe that ultrasounds are safe because there's no cancer-causing radiation, most safety studies were performed on equipment made before 1992.

The report said newer equipment emits much stronger acoustic waves than older versions.

American doctors in the report want future mothers to know: you don't need an ultrasound at every doctor's visit.

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