Research in Ultrasound Bioeffects: A Public Health View


  • M. E. Stratmeyer Ph.D.

    1. research scientist at the Bureau of Radiological Health of the Food and Drug Administration. He is investigating the biological effects of ultrasound exposure.
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  • This paper was presented at the conference Technological Approaches to Obstetrics: Benefits, Risks, Alternatives, sponsored by the University of California Program in Maternal and Child Health, School of Public Health, Birth and the Family Journal, the Bay Area and Los Angeles Chapters of ASPO and the North American Society for Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology on Feb. 3–4, 1979.


ABSTRACT: A review is made of the human and laboratory studies of bioeffects of ultrasound. These include developmental, hematological, neurological, behavioral, immune and genetic effects after exposures to ultrasound in doses now used clinically. Some problems with the human and laboratory studies are described. It is questioned whether curves of intensity/exposure times can be drawn to delineate safe usage of ultrasound without more data on long- and short-term effects in animals and humans.