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Physicians Resource Council Position Statement: Doppler Ultrasound
Currently the only occasion for a Pregnancy Resource Center to utilize Doppler ultrasound during the first trimester of pregnancy would be a case in which a mother is considering the option of abortion but might be more inclined to choose life after hearing the sound of the fetal heart. The primary advantage of utilizing Doppler ultrasound is that it can give the abortion-minded woman the ability to hear as well as see her unborn child's heartbeat. While Doppler ultrasound requires higher energy to obtain an audible fetal heartbeat, it has been utilized for decades without any observed adverse effects, although there are theoretical concerns.
The Focus on the Family Physicians Resource Council (PRC) makes the following recommendations regarding the use of Doppler ultrasound during a limited examination during the first trimester of pregnancy:
All Pregnancy Medical Clinics in the Option Ultrasound Program provide limited obstetrical ultrasound as medically indicated. Clinics are licensed to operate under the supervision of a physician, using only trained sonographers. Focus on the Family does not endorse the use of ultrasound outside of a medical clinic setting and does not endorse the use of ultrasound for non-medical reasons. Patient referrals are made to physicians for follow-up diagnosis and care as needed.
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