Tuesday, June 30, 2009

From Ultrasound to Fetal Model

Feast of St. Paul


A Brazilian PhD. student in Britain by the name of Jorge Lopes is converting data from ultrasounds and MRI scans to form life-size, life-like models that are the exact shape and size of the baby in the womb.

The new technology allows parents to hold a realistic model of their unborn babies.

"I don't know whether I am looking at science or I am looking at art," said Dr. Staurt Campbell, who pioneered ultrasound imaging in Britain in the 1980s. He added that the process is "absolutely unique" and "a fantastic development."

Lopes started with mummies, then moved on to dinosaurs, then foetuses. Friends joked that he had gone from "mummies to mummies."

More pictures of the models in action can be seen

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