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Tom told off by medics

Tom Cruise has been criticised by health experts for buying a sonogram machine for his pregnant fiancée Katie Holmes, as it could put his unborn child at risk. Radiologists at a US college are concerned by Tom’s recent revelation of his purchase and have warned that he could also be breaking the law. A spokesperson says, “This is a patient safety issue. Untrained people, even if they have the financial means, should not buy or be allowed to buy and operate ultrasound machines which are, in fact, medical devices and should not be used without a medical indication. Images of the foetus are an opportunity to diagnose problems before birth that may require treatment. These images should be obtained by certified technologists under the supervision of physicians properly trained in ultrasound… We are concerned that Tom Cruise has been badly advised regarding the use and potential abuse of ultrasound. There are many abnormalities that may be missed by the untrained eye. Also, if it is not medically necessary, the use of ultrasound raises unnecessary physical risk to the foetus.” [1 December 2005]

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