Saturday, June 27, 2009
Brazilian Student Creates 3D Models Of Unborn Babies
Expectant couples that are too excited to wait can now commission a life-size model of their unborn baby.
The amazing new medical technology is the result of a Royal College of Art design student's PhD.
Brazilian student Jorge Lopes has pioneered the conversion of data from ultrasound and MRI scans into life-size plaster models of living embryos using a method called rapid prototyping.
King's College head of obstetrics Stuart Campbell, called the invention 'absolutely unique' and 'a fantastic development'.
Professor Campbell, who pioneered the use of ultrasound in the 1980s, also hoped the technology would help mothers - blind mothers in particular - to bond with their babies.