- The state-of-the-art software adds extra detail to 3D ultrasound scans
- Software developed by Dr Bernard Benoit to help detect malformations
- Expectant parents can see unborn baby smiling and kicking in the womb
PUBLISHED: 06:23 EST, 29 March 2013 | UPDATED: 12:39 EST, 29 March 2013
A blurry blob on a hospital screen is the first view most expectant parents get of their child.
But new state-of-the-art imaging software is now able to map a foetus in incredible detail.
The software takes a conventional 3D ultrasound scan and adds colour, skin texture, lighting and shadows.
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The incredibly detailed pictures of the foetus allow parents to see their baby’s face before it is born
The images are created by adding colour, skin texture and shadows to conventional 3D scans
The technology was developed by world renowned Dr Bernard Benoit known for his work on foetal scans
The technology gives unparalleled clarity and allows parents to see the face of their child before it is born.
There is also a 4D version which means mothers and fathers are able to see their baby smiling and kicking in the womb in realtime.
They could even turn it into a DVD.
The software is allowing doctors to detect problems in a foetus much sooner than before.
It also removes background details that can often obscure the foetus.
Expectant parents can see their unborn baby move around on a DVD
The state-of-the-art technology shows unborn twins in unparalleled detail
The amazing pictures can even be taken when the foetus is very small
It has been developed by Dr Bernard Benoit of the Princes Grace Hospital, Monaco.
He is known around the world for his focus on introducing innovative ultrasound technologies.
The keen photographer specialises in detecting malformations in a foetus within the first trimester.
The images are far more detailed than the grainy 2D images usually offered by the NHS.
Many hospitals offer paid-for 3D images but the NHS and the Health Protection Agency warned expectant parents against getting unnecessary scans simply to get the souvenir pictures.
The 3D images are far more detailed the grainy 2D scans that are normally provided by the NHS
The technology is allowing doctors to detect problems with a foetus much sooner than before
This 3D ultrasound scan of a foetus is taken at just six weeks into the pregnancy
30-week-old baby yawning for the camera
Here’s someone and something to prayer for:
The new year is only 26 days old and we’re already seeing fallout from the not-yet-completely-implemented Obamacare.
Mrs. Nod is in her 35th week of pregnancy. Historically she delivers big babies even though she is a small woman. Even Nub, who was 5 weeks premature, weighed in at 8 pounds. The OB told her this week that due to hospital rule changes from Obamacare, they are not allowed to induce her before 39 weeks.
If that happens, we may be looking for all the pieces of Humpty-Dumpty to put her back together again. Mrs. Nod would be “dead on the prairie” if not for modern medicine, early inducement, and really big needles and thread. We will be appealing.
Next, our family doctor provider (whom we were allowed to keep if we liked them) has regretfully informed us that due to the budget cut tricks in Obamacare (21% cut in payments to doctors) they will not be able to take any more Medicare/Medicaid patients and they will try their hardest to keep the ones they currently have.
Fortunately, we don’t use Medicare/Medicaid, but if we had, we’d be hurting about now. I know our doctor is.
Another wrinkle is that the pre-tax amount I was allowed to put away in a medical FSA was slashed by about $1000. So much for saving money and managing my own costs.
These are but a few (small) examples of the ripples that “well intentioned” changes make. I fear for those with a larger stake.