“Ultrasound History”

Orenstein, Beth. “Ultrasound History”. Radiologytoday.net. N.p., 2008. Web. 24 Oct. 2016.

“Ultrasound History” is an article by Beth Orenstein, where she goes in depth about a speech delivered by Joan Baker at the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography Conference. This article gives insightful information of how the ultrasound came to be. The first sonography device required resources of a pebble and calm water, and they used this number of ripples to measure the sound waves. This has clearly come a long way because now we use machines to view a fetus inside a woman’s uterus. The article points out that sonography was first developed for war techniques. It also points out that ultrasounds started out as large scanning machines that required electricity. The 3-D and 4-D machines still require large screens and heavy cables, but they have also developed smaller portable 2-D devices that are much easier to utilize. This article shows how the idea of the ultrasound has been around for a long period of time, but only recently has our culture began to use the technology in pregnancies.

The article is written strong, as the author relies on a speech of someone with clear established history and good credibility. It is a strong insight to look at how far the ultrasound has come, however it could have been stronger if the author would have went into depth more about the culture. It is clear how the machine has been developed, but we also know that it had to have affected our culture.  The author does a good job in relaying what the speech was, but never inserts her own view of the history.

This source helps an audience know where an ultrasound came from, it presents clear ideas on how the machines we see today compare to what they were back in the older generations. It is a way to show that technology is always changing; we took a pebble in water and turned that idea into a machine that can see into the body. It relates back to when we were reading about the garbage disposals and the fear people had. It is easy to fear the unknown and what complications it may bring, and the development of the ultrasound brings up clear ethical questions. We can analyze how this will affect the development of gender and the question of abortion. Ultrasound is a technology that can be helpful, but also feared.

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