Ultrasounds unlikely to cause autism, study finds

A new study meant to show whether ultrasound scans can cause autism appears to have added to evidence that they don’t.

Women who had more ultrasound scans, or longer scans, were not any more likely to have children with autism than women who did not, the study found. But women whose ultrasound scans went deeper were slightly more likely to have children with autism.

“I think that this study is actually reassuring,” said Dr. Jodi Abbott, a specialist in obstetrics and gynecology at Boston Medical Center who helped lead the study.

“This small study reports reassuring findings that children with autism spectrum disorder were less exposed to prenatal ultrasound and that the ultrasound energy used during the examination was no different compared to children without autism spectrum disorder,” agreed Dr. Basky Thilaganathan, spokesperson for the Britain’s Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, who was not involved in the research.

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12th February 2018