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The Michigan Daily-Friday, October 23, 1981-Page 13 #

Some fetal tests


737 N. Huron,Ypsilanti


For Sands and
Drink Speatels

W NEW YORK (AP)-Dramatic im-
provements in the use of ultrasound are
making it possible to examine a fetus
almost as easily as a newborn baby, but
some doctors are making wrong
diagnoses because they are unfamiliar
with the technique, a researcher said
Dr. Jason Birnholz, a radiologist at
the Harvard Medical School, said every
pregnant woman should be given an
ultrasound examination, because it is
safe and inexpensive and because it can
discover problems that don't show up in
any other test.
doctors now giving ultrasound exams
do not know how to interpret the test,
and that they are missing problems
that an expert would find.
"Anyone who can buy an ultrasound
machine can do the examination," Bir-
nholz said. "There are no professional
Birnholz, an ultrasound specialist, said
he sees 8,000 patients a year and sees
something new every day. "It's not so
simple," he said.
HE PREDICTED IT would be some
time before standards aredeveloped to

'Anyone who can buy an ultrasound
machine can do the examination.
There are no professional standards.
-Dr. Jason Birnholz, radiologist

govern the training of doctors in inter-
preting the ultrasound exams.,
Birnholz made the remarks during a
seminar for science writers sponsored
by the American College of radiology
and financed by the Eastman Kodak
Co., a maker of X-ray films and
At that semirar, Birnholz described
research being done by him and
others-research that is greatly expan-
ding what doctors can learn using
HE HAS SHOWN how to use
ultrasound examinations to predict,
babies' birthweights, and with a few
exceptions his predictions are off by
less than 60}'grams-two-tenths of an
He and others have used ultrasound

to determine the normal growth patter-
ns of the fetus. They are using those
norms to identifyinfants with growth
problems, and they Are discovering the
growth problems early enough to
remedy some of them.
Birnholz is now using ultrasound to
study fetal, eye movements, which can
be a key indicator of brain damage..
SUCH USES OF ultrasound have
developed only in the last few years, he
said. "We don't just make pictures," he
said. "We try to examine the fetus in
utero just the way we would examine a
"We look at all kinds of movements to
see what they can do, and how they can
be distorted in ways we can see. If we
see a fetus in a deep sleep state at 32
weeks (after conception), we know

that's not possible, so we know the
patient is comatose," he said. "Then we
have to make a decision."
Birnholz said all pregnant women
should be examined with ultrasound
because such problems cannot be
discovered any other way, and they can
lead to death of the baby if they are not
discovered early.
IN MANY CASES, however, there is
no treatment even if problems are
His recommendation is that pregnant
women be examined three times: at 16-
20 weeks, to determine exactly when
the fetus was conceived;.-at 28-30 weeks,
to make sure it is growing at a normal
rate, and just before delivery, to check
its position.
"Ninety-five percent of all pregnan-
cies are going to be fine, no matter
what," he said. "The question is how to
find the smaller number that are going
to have problems."
No risks have 'been found to be
associated with ultrasound exams, Bir-
nholz said, and the exam can be done in
five minutes for as little as $30. Most
doctors, however, are charging about
$100 for the exams, he said,,

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Music by SKIDS
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Rotted bills worth next to nothing

WASHINGTON (UPI)-A man who hid bundles of cash in
his mother's basement and then saw the money damaged by
a flood now finds himself out nearly $73,000 in rotted bills that
the Treasury Department won't redeem.
Gerald Krigel lost a last-ditch appeal Tuesday at the U.S.
Court of Claims, which upheld the department's refusal to
redeem much of the mutilated mass of money.
THE BIZARRE situation began in 1974, when Krigel's
father, Ben Krigel, withdrew more than $427,000 in cash from
joint savings accounts at two Michigan banks. The money
was primarily made up of $100 bills.
Gerald Krigel used some of the cash to finance his con-
struction business and left $200,000, in "a metal box that he
had hidden in the basement of his mother's house" in Detroit,
the Claims Court noted.
But during the winter of 1976, the basement floodeo. Krigel

thought the bills had not been damaged and didn't inspect
them. A year later, as he was preparing to move to Miami, he
opened the box and found, "The currency had swollen in size,
rotted and become compressed into a solid mass."
Krigel tried to dry the money "by placing it on heating
registers and by blowing air over it with hair dryers." After
drying some of it and separating pieces of individual bills, he
reconstructed $73,800.
Officials suggested he might get back some money. if he
took the $13,800 in reconstructed bills to the Federal Reserve
Bank in Detroit, which he did.
An inspector concluded his greenbacks had a value of
Krigel then filed suit, saying the Treasury failed to redeem
an additional $72,750 in damaged currency he said he left

'Cope' teeters precariously
between good and mediocre

(Continued from Page 7)
couraging them and keeping the energy
level high.
Michiko, a dancer from the Univer-
sity dance department, leads the com-
pany through the dance sequences with
a wonderful command of modern and
jazz techniques. Although the pieces do
not call for it often, his leaps into this
air have a dazzling effect.
Interestingly, the choreography
seems to lend itself best to group works
and to works with the less-experienced
dancers. In "Thank Heaven," the
movements for Michiko and Debra
Nilson are quite commonplace and
repetitive. The same holds true for
Zazel O'Carra in "Universe in Mour-
Yet in "They Keep Coming," which is
reminiscent of the '60s black rights
protests,* the intertwining of small
groups of people and a varied use of the
stage is successful.
The featured artist, Mikell Pinkney,
sings both blues and love songs
dynamically: Although he is of small
stature, he has a rich and powerful
voice. As the former artistic director of
the Billie Holliday Theater in New
York, his rendition of the "Billie
Holiday Blues" is expecially exciting.
It is in the second act that the produc-
tion does not cope well, The first songs

are slow and almost melodramatic in
both content and performance. Lun-
deana Thomas, whose voice works
quite well in the lower register, is called
upon to sing a very high melodic piece,
and the outcome is disappointing.
Although the energy level increases
when the company portrays the mem-
bers of a church singing gospel music
and praising the Lord, this scene goes
on too long and quickly loses its charm.
The only sets used on stage are two
ladders, sometimes connected by a
board, and sometimes standing as
separate pieces. The set reflects the
mood of the show. It is almost as if the
ladders represent the possibility of a
change in the position and roles of black
Americans and the possibility of a
society where they-and everyone
else-could cope.
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