Fetal Ultrasound

Touching Video: Blind Mother ‘Sees’ Her Unborn Baby with 3D Ultrasound Image (2015)

[See video at link below] Tatiana Guerra, 30, is from Brazil, and was 20 weeks pregnant when this video was taken. When she was 17, she lost her sight. Courtesy of Huggies Brazil and the digital design firm, The Goodfellas, what you see on YouTube is the unfolding of a minor miracle– at least to we who are sighted and especially to those of us who grapple with understanding 3D printing. The YouTube is less than 4 minutes long. We are immediately introduced to Tatiana and “Dr. David.” He seems to have a gentle touch and a reassuring voice, the perfect bedside manner. After the opening “hellos,” the video cuts to Tatiana at home. She caresses her swollen abdomen and talks quietly and persistently to Murio. Clearly, Tatiana is passionately in love with her unborn son. “Mommy can’t wait to feel your little body, your little face, your little hands ….So come,” she says. “Mommy is counting the days. …You don’t need to be afraid.” The video cuts back to Dr. David as he is performing the ultrasound. They chat back and forth. “What does his face look like?” “His nose looks like yours,” Dr. David says. “His two little eyes are closed.” Tatiana smiles and giggles when she is told her son has a “small mouth” and a “chubby hand.” All the while a 3D printer is transforming ultrasound images of Murilo’s face into something solid. “And if…if you could touch him, would that let you know what he’s like?” “Yes,” she responds. At that juncture Dr. David hands Tatiana the 3-D sculpture of her unborn son’s face...

First 3D MRI Scans of Unborn Babies (2009)

A new technique to get the first 3D images of unborn babies from MR (magnetic resonance) scans has been developed by Imperial College Healthcare. A team led by Prof Mary Rutherford, a neonatal neuroradiologist at Hammersmith Hospital, is using the images to find out how foetus' brains develop in the womb. This has been difficult to study before as unborn babies wiggle in the mother's tummy. MR scans require a person to be still as ordered slices are taken continuously through the body. To solve this problem the team takes many many images, in various orientations, and uses a computer program to re-order them and form a 3D image. [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/8366326.stm,...

Handheld Vscan Ultrasound: A Peek at the Future of the Pro-Life Movement?

New technology hailed as a stunning leap forward in modern health care may be about to give pro-life advocates unheard-of power to save a life – in the palm of their hand. At the Web 2.0 summit in San Francisco this week, General Electric unveiled the ultra-portable and user-friendly Vscan, an ultrasound machine about the size of a large flip phone. Dubbing it “the stethoscope of the 21st century,” the company offered various scenarios in which the device could vastly advance the landscape of diagnostics. For pro-lifers on the front lines, the new gadget could hugely improve abortion-bound women’s access to ultrasounds, which have been found highly effective in helping mothers choose life for their baby. In the past, the sheer size of the devices has given pro-lifers a perennial puzzle over how to bring the heavy medical equipment into the paths of such women. [http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2009/oct/09102312.html, Life Site News; ALL Pro-Life Today,...

Amniocentesis: Some Adverse Effects (2007)

 Dr. Hylton Meire, the retired physician and author of texts on ultrasound, calculates that for every 50 children with Down's syndrome "successfully identified" and killed by abortion, 160 non-affected babies are lost by miscarriage after the test.  In obstetrics, it is now standard practice to offer pregnant women the non-invasive test that measures the fluid at the back of the child's neck. Combined with the age of the mother, the test results is a number taken to indicate the possibility that the child has Down's. If the number is high enough, the mother is offered an amniocentesis, a test in which a needle is inserted into the abdomen and a sample of amniotic fluid is drawn off and analyzed.  With about one in every 1000 children conceived having Down's syndrome, and with amniocentesis carrying a 1 in 200 risk of miscarriage, Dr. Meire wrote in the Journal Ultrasound that if all pregnant women took the amniocentesis test as many as 3,200 healthy babies could die by miscarriage every year.  There are about 30,000 amniocentesis tests done every year in the UK. In North America, earlier this year, both the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada has recommended that all pregnant women, not just those over 35, should be screened, including with amniocentesis. Parents have the right to be informed of this information prior to such testing.   [LifeSiteNews.com 21Aug07; HLA Action News, Fall...

British Unborn Baby Fought Cancer in the Womb, Now Healthy Child

Kiah Thomas will celebrate her fifth birthday next week but the little girl was never supposed to be this old. Kiah surprised physicians by battling cancer when she was an unborn child still in her mothers womb. Amazingly, she beat the disease. Doctors at Llanelli’s Prince Philip Hospital found signs of a tumor during a scan on Kiah’s mother Denise Ashford. Nineteen years old and 14 weeks pregnant at the time, Ashford, now a health care worker, was taken to experts in Cardiff for further tests. According to a Western Mail newspaper report, doctors told Ashford that Kiah had neuroblastoma, a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in nerve tissue of the adrenal gland, neck, chest, or spinal cord. Neuroblastoma most often begins during early childhood, usually in children younger than 5 years. It sometimes forms before birth but is usually found later, when the tumor begins to grow and cause symptoms. In rare cases, neuroblastoma may be found before birth by fetal ultrasound. Doctors asked Denise… to consider an abortion because of Kiah’s condition, but [she] hoped for a “miracle.” “Although the doctor said I should maybe consider an abortion, I was adamant I was not going to give up my baby,” Ashford said. [Swansea, England 8July06,...

National Geographic Explores the Hidden World 'In The Womb'

From 4-D Ultrasound Imagery to Revolutionary In Utero Surgery, Advanced Technology Takes You Into the Womb  From the moment of conception, every human embryo embarks on an incredible nine-month odyssey of development fraught with uncertainty. Now, cutting-edge technology makes it possible to open a window into the hidden world of the fetus and explore each trimester in amazing new detail. National Geographic Channel (NGC) has presented "In the Womb," a two-hour special that uses the latest advances in technology to take viewers on the incredible adventure of a developing new life.   ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Related:  Your Developing Baby: Video Clips http://www.yourdevelopingbaby.com/sampleChapters/4.htm  (12 weeks) http://www.yourdevelopingbaby.com/sampleChapters/7.htm  (various ages) http://www.yourdevelopingbaby.com/sampleChapters/10.htm  (twins) http://www.yourdevelopingbaby.com/index.htm    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~    Revolutionary 3-D and 4-D ultrasound imagery sheds light on the delicate, dark world of a fetus. Viewers will also have the chance to witness a rare fetoscope operation performed in the hope of correcting life-threatening complications before birth. While 2-D black-and-white ultrasound images have become commonplace, their crude resolution and technical limitations offer only partial insight into the developing fetus. But space-age advancements in computer technology permit the creation of 3-D scans that transform those same shadow images into life-like pictures of the developing fetus. "In the Womb" features even more remarkable 4-D technology that adds the element of time to those 3-D pictures to produce action sequences of the fetus in real time. "In the Womb" uses 4-D images to take an in-depth look into a mysterious world and chart unprecedented details throughout the stages of pregnancy. Witness the journey's beginning, as the embryo travels down the fallopian tube and implants itself into the uterine wall. Go...

Ultrasound Scans Uncover Secrets of the Womb (update)

Your Developing Baby: Video Clips http://www.yourdevelopingbaby.com/sampleChapters/4.htm  (12 weeks) http://www.yourdevelopingbaby.com/sampleChapters/7.htm  (various ages) http://www.yourdevelopingbaby.com/sampleChapters/10.htm  (twins) http://www.yourdevelopingbaby.com/index.htm    Hi-tech scans have been used to show unborn babies "walking" in the womb for the first time. < http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/em/fr/-/2/hi/health/3846525.stm >   4D ULTRASOUND PICTURES OF UNBORN BABIES...