Chicago—A pregnant woman in her second
trimester comes to the clinic for a prenatal visit, hoping to hear her physician
say that everything looks fine. Anything less than confident enthusiasm from
her obstetrician will keep her awake nights for the remainder of her pregnancy.
But as was made clear during the annual meeting of the Radiological Society
of North America last month, the precision of today's ultrasound imaging techniques
often makes it difficult for physicians to provide such unqualified reassurance.
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