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ABSTRACT: Although a few studies have suggested that ultrasound scans can improve the bonding between mother and fetus, many women described themselves as more concerned or worried after a scan than they were before. It is possible that some women who feel relieved after a scan are relieved of the fears the procedure itself generated, since no significant differences were found in anxiety levels between a postscan and a no-scan group. Excessive reliance on the technology could reduce the clinical skills of caregivers.