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Pregnancy and birth: Ultrasound scans in pregnancy

Many pregnant women and their partners look forward to ultrasound scans. But getting that prized first picture of your child is of course not the reason that all pregnant women in Germany are offered ultrasound scans. Rather, they are done to make sure that the pregnancy is progressing normally and the child is developing well.In Germany, pregnant women with statutory health insurance are usually offered three standard ultrasound scans at no extra cost. They are sometimes also referred to as screenings.The main purpose of these ultrasound scans is to determine whether the pregnancy and the child's development are progressing normally. As a general rule: 96 to 98 out of 100 pregnant women give birth to a healthy child. But the ultrasound sometimes detects abnormalities that require further examinations – and maybe some difficult decisions as well.Doctors are required to discuss the advantages and disadvantages prior to an ultrasound. Every pregnant woman has the right to not have one or all of the ultrasound scans without giving a reason. Deciding not to have a scan does not affect insurance cover.It is best to discuss whether you want to see the ultrasound images and which results you want to know with your doctor before the scan. If you do not want to know the sex of your child or other particular findings, it is important to make that clear beforehand.

Informed Health Online [Internet] - Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG).

Version: March 25, 2015

Late Effects of Treatment for Childhood Cancer (PDQ®): Patient Version

Expert-reviewed information summary about the health problems that continue or appear after cancer treatment has ended.

PDQ Cancer Information Summaries [Internet] - National Cancer Institute (US).

Version: June 26, 2015

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