Friday, 04 January 2013
Ever since the days of the too-enthused Tom Cruise jumping on Oprah's couch about Katie Holmes (that worked out, right?) and the time we all heard about how they supposedly bought a sonogram machine for their personal use at home, I kind of saw this day coming. My days (nay, years) working in Radiology dreaded it, too. But it's here now, oh yes. And it's so cute and trendy, too!
The baby shower sonogram - sonogram parties. Woot woot!
You're kidding me right? BO-RING! But that's beside the point... So for these parties, an ultrasound service is hired (they can be portable, you know). They're usually done in 3-D (ooh la la). And all those in attendance get to see the baby in real time as a certified ultrasound tech does the exam for all to see - in your home or banquet room.
Now, the FDA and the ACR (American College of Radiology - and that's a big name in medicine and in hospitals, let me tell you first hand) totally frown on the practice and strongly discourage the use of ultrasound purely for entertainment purposes. Think about it: You're supposed to have a prescription (basically) to have one done medically. Just like every other modality in radiology, whether that's X-Ray, MRI, CT, whatever. You don't just walk up to the hospital and say, "Dude, I want a brain scan" and they say, "OK" and put you on the table. Nope. It doesn't work that way. You need a script.
But because ultrasound is believed to be safe and it's relatively inexpensive, people think it's OK to just use this technology on their body (and on their baby) willy nilly. Not realizing that 50 years ago, we also thought X-Rays were OK so they had fluoroscopes (live image x-rays) in shoe stores to make sure your shoes fit right (and radiation was shot right up your reproductive organs, baby).
But it's cute right? And hey, you're invited!
Would you do a sonogram party? What do you think?