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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Art Student Enhances Ultrasound Technology

"I just can't wait to hold my baby!" How many times have the expectant mothers among us expressed such a desire? Now, it's finally a way.

Brazilian PhD student Jorge Lopes has pioneered a method of converting data from MRI and ultrasound images into life size models of unborn babies.

His method, called rapid protyping, slowly prints layer upon layer of plastic powder until a 3D model appears. The method has been used for everything from jewelry and car components to mummies; and now to babies hidden within their mothers' wombs.

'It’s amazing to see the faces of the mothers. They can see the full scale of their baby, really understand the size of it,' said Dr Lopes.

Read more about this amazing new technology here .


  1. oh how cool! my husband was actually showing my a dem of one of those machines not to long ago, but it was making something that would have to do with machines. i never would have thought that it could be used for something like an US. amazing!

  2. Oh, this would've been wonderful to have during my pregnancies! An amazing idea!

  3. Oh, awesome! I never even had an ultrasound... I can't imagine what it would be like to have this!



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