To develop a revised statement, a Keepsake Ultrasound Task Force was created to consider the various aspects of the use of ultrasound for entertainment. The AIUM wanted to ensure that all positions were addressed, so the task force encouraged input from all ultrasound professions. An e-mail was sent to AIUM members asking them to provide comments on specific keepsake issues they had, and members were able to provide their comments via the AIUM's website.
"The Task Force on Keepsake Ultrasound met by conference call several times and had a vigorous e-mail correspondence," said Joshua A. Copel, MD, chair of the committee. "The new statement is comprehensive and robust and is the result of outstanding contributions by all members of the committee and AIUM members who submitted comments."
The new position statement is as follows:
The AIUM advocates the responsible use of diagnostic ultrasound for all fetal imaging. The AIUM understands the growing pressures from patients for the performance of ultrasound examinations for bonding and reassurance purposes largely driven by the improving image quality of 3D sonography and by more widely available information about these advances. Although there is only preliminary scientific evidence that 3D sonography has a positive impact on parental--fetal bonding, the AIUM recognizes that many parents may pursue scanning for this purpose.
Such "keepsake imaging" currently occurs in a variety of settings, including the following: