The Pre-conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex Selection) Act,
1944 (57 of 1994)
PRILIMINARY Definitions - In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires;
2. (P) "Sonologist or imaging specialist" means a person who possesses any one of the medical qualifications recognized under the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 (102 of 1956) or who possesses a post-graduate qualification in Ultrasonography or imaging techniques or radiology.
ANNEXURE - 2
Ultrasound is very operator dependent. In its report, a WHO Scientific Group stated "The difficulties in making an accurate diagnosis from ultrasound images are such that the purchase of ultrasound equipment without making provision for the training of an operator is contrary to good health care practice and is unlikely to be cost effective." Proper training and experience are required, preferably with teachers who are highly skilled and who have practiced ultrasound for many years. The Group concluded that a physician needs at least one month's full-time training in a busy ultrasound department to achieve even a minimum level of expertise. This would amount to at least 200 obstetric and abdominal examinations made under supervision. For a physician to go on to become a competent sonologist, the Group recommended at least six months' full-time training in a recognized center, and even then further experience would be advisable under supervision. They concluded that "Whether possible, ultrasound examinations should be carried out by trained physicians", and went on to add that is non-physicians are to perform examinations, they need to have had at lest one year's full-time training in ultrasound and preferably a background in radiography or nursing; they should always work under the supervision of an experienced sonologist.
Ref.: Manual of Diagnostic Ultrasound
Edited by: P.E.S. Palmer,
University of California, U.S.A.
PNDT Amendment Rules, 2003
The Gazette of India
Part - II - Section 3, Sub-Section (i) Published by Authority New Delhi, Friday, February, 14, 2003 / Magha 25.
MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE
(Department of Family Welfare)
Notification New Delhi,
the 14th February, 2003
The Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (Regulation and Prevention of Misuse) Amendment Rules, 2003
EXTRACT OF RULE
3 (I) (B) OF THE AMENDMENT RULES 3(1) Any person having adequate space and being or employing b) a Sonologist, Imaging Specialist, Radiologist or Registered Medical Practitioner having Post Graduate degree or diploma or six months training or one year experience in sonography or image scanning, may set up Ultrasound clinic / imaging centre.
N.B.: The Amendment Rule may be seen at http://mohfw.nic.in/