Key Point: Ultrasound expert warns of potential tragic effects of ultrasound.

The ALARA Principle and Sonography

Beth W. Orenstein. Radiology Today. Vol. 12 No. 11 P. 10. November 2011

This article covers a presentation to sonographers by Phillip Bendick, PhD, RVT, FDMS, technical director of the Peripheral Vascular Diagnostic Center and director of surgical research at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. Speaking at the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography 2011 conference, Dr. Bendick said that when—not if—the first bioeffects from sonograms are reported in humans, it will be of tragic proportions. “You take a perfectly healthy fetus and overexpose it to ultrasound acoustic heat and any number of things can happen.”

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