Ultrasounds: Nice, but are they worth $200?

September 1993
U.S. News & World Report;9/27/93, Vol. 115 Issue 12, p13
States that according to a new study of low-risk pregnancies, routine use of prenatal ultrasound screening--at an average cost of $200 a test--does not reduce the incidence of problem deliveries or abnormal babies. Findings reported in the `New England Journal of Medicine'; Estimated $1 billion a year wasted on excessive screening.


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