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Filming distractions during scans put babies at risk

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Mothers and babies are potentially being put at risk by a growing trend for people to film during baby scans, experts have warned.

Sonographers say they are concerned they could miss crucial details shown up during ultrasound examinations because pregnant women and their relatives are increasingly asking to use their mobile phones and camcorders to record their scans.

The Society and College of Radiographers has issued fresh guidance calling for the practice to be stopped, but added that individual hospitals should be responsible for determining their own policy on the issue.

Nigel Thomson, from the society, said: “The concern is that recording can affect the concentration of the sonographer doing the examination and he or she may be distracted and miss vital observations.”

“People taking home videos can also unnecessarily extend the time of the ultrasound examination,” he continued. “We would like to see hospitals have a clear policy following a risk assessment taking account of sonographer preferences, local policies and the views of patient liaison groups.

“Departments should also advise staff how to deal with people who film without permission, or carry on when asked to stop.”

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  • In the Netherlands parents are offered a copy of the scan on a DVD. They pay a nominal fee for the privilage. What they get is a disc with black and white footage of the scan.
    This means there is no need to film the event and is less distracting for the staff while making a little money for the hospital.
    Why not offer this in the UK?

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