Ultrasound studies are becoming more and more common in the medical management of pregnancies and represent an especially attractive screening mechanism because the process is not invasive. Numerous studies clearly show that this test poses no risk to fetus or to mother and yet can provide extremely valuable information with respect to a variety of tests for neural tube defects, limb deformities, or some types of heart disease, as well as some disorders of the kidney and gut. High-resolution sonograms done later in pregnancy can also detect disorders such as cleft lip and cleft palate. Because of their safety and recent advances in technology, such tests are growing in their acceptance and usage. Moreover, prospective parents love the opportunity to see the baby on the imaging monitor months before delivery.
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