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Routine ultrasound for pregnancy

Status: Decision completed

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Policy context

Concerns about safety, efficacy, and cost regarding routine ultrasound for pregnancy. Ultrasound involves transmission of high frequency sound waves and recording of the echoes created when reflected off of tissues of varying densities in the body. Images created by ultrasound are used to confirm a healthy pregnancy, assess the growth and health of the placenta and fetus. Ultrasound is considered safe as used for pregnancy imaging. Concerns about the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of multiple ultrasounds during non-high risk pregnancies remain.

Primary criteria ranking

  • Safety = Low
  • Efficacy = High
  • Cost = High

Assessment timeline

  • Draft Report Published: August 20, 2010
  • Public Comment Period: August 20 - September 3, 2010
  • Final Report Published: September 22, 2010
  • HTCC Public Meeting: October 22, 2010