Research Strategies for the Use of Imaging Ultrasound as an Obstetric Screening Tool


  • Stephen B. Thacker M.D.

    1. Stephen B. Thacker is Director of the Division of Surveillance and Epidemiologic Studies, Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta, Georgia.
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  • This paper was presented at the Royal Society of Medicine Forum on Maternity and the Newborn: Ultrasonography in Obstetrics, April 17, 1985.


ABSTRACT: The results of controlled clinical trials assessing the routine use of ultrasound in obstetrics have not provided convincing evidence of benefit but do provide important data on the need for further clinical research. This report recommends research related to the efficacy, safety, and cost of routine ultrasound methods in clinical obstetrics, including the psychosocial and ethical implications of these applications.