Taking ultrasounds to the streets

Have you ever heard of the Knights of Columbus ultrasound program? It was launched in 2009 to help women make the right choice about their pregnancy. When pregnant women are considering an abortion, many of them will change their mind upon seeing an ultrasound of their baby. They realize that it’s not just a clump of cells and freely choose to keep their baby. The Supreme Council Office of the Knights provides matching funds if a local Knights council raises at least 50% of the costs of the ultrasound machine, to be operated in a medically certified pro-life pregnancy care centre.

Unfortunately, the high cost of ultrasound machines has limited their penetration until now. But new mobile technologies are becoming much more affordable and accessible. Consider the GE Vscan family of portable ultrasound devices. This little jewel fits in your hand like a smartphone, with a wand connected by a wire to the device. Check out the video below. 4D ultrasound that fits in your pocket.

4D ultrasound machines have typically cost between $30,000 and $60,000. ┬áBut the Vscan sells for less than $8,000. It has been approved by regulatory health agencies in the U.S., Canada and Europe. It’s so portable, it could be used by sidewalk counselors.

Does your 40 Days for Life team have one? Maybe it’s time for an early Christmas present.

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