Child Health

Ultrasound Affects Brain In Some Developing Mammals – Excessive Use Retards Development in Babies

Researchers believe that prolonged and frequent use of ultrasound on some pregnant mammals may cause abnormalities in the developing brain. So far, the research has only been done on mice. Further research is needed to determine if there are any negative effects on humans.

The Yale researchers injected more than 335 fetal mice at embryonic day 16 with special markers to track neuronal development. They found that when the mice were exposed to ultrasound waves (USW) for 30 minutes or longer, it caused a small but statistically significant number of neurons to remain scattered within inappropriate cortical layers and/or in the adjacent white matter.

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