What Are the Risks of Doppler Ultrasound in Pregnancy?

  • Maria Dynin
  • Joelle Borhart


Ultrasound is safe and considered the imaging modality of choice pregnant patients. Compared to standard B-mode and M-mode ultrasound waves, Doppler waves require higher acoustic output and confer a higher theoretical risk of thermal damage to fetal tissue. B-mode and M-mode ultrasound waves are recommended over Doppler waves for fetal assessment whenever possible.


Doppler Ultrasound B-mode M-mode Thermal damage Acoustic output 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maria Dynin
    • 1
  • Joelle Borhart
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Emergency MedicineMedStar Washington Hospital Center & MedStar Georgetown University HospitalWashington, DCUSA

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