DUBLIN, Ireland, June 10 ( – Researchers at University College in Dublin have found that ultrasound scans, the same ones used for pregnant women, cause cells in mice to stop dividing and begin self-destructing.

The National Post noted that in the study “24 mice received an eight-megahertz scan lasting for 15 minutes, less time than average hospital scans that use frequencies of between three and 10 megahertz and last up to one hour. Four and a half hours after exposure, the mice that had been scanned had a 22% reduction in the rate of cell division in their intestine and double the rate of apoptosis, or cell death, compared to those that did not receive ultrasounds.”

The effects of the scans on humans are still unknown. However lead researcher Patrick Brennan said “it has been assumed for a long time that ultrasound has no effect on cells.  we now have grounds to question that assumption.”


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