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3D Printed Ultrasounds: Giving Sight to the Blind

3D printing is a fast-growing industry, and the 3D-printed ultrasound is no exception. A 3D ultrasound is an image of a fetus that has been created through a 3D printer. It can be used as a medical tool to diagnose abnormalities in the fetus, or it can be used as an educational tool to illustrate the development of the fetus over time.

The 3D-Printed Ultrasound and Its Rise in Popularity

The first 3D-printed ultrasounds were made by doctors in China in 2009, but they did not gain popularity until 2012 when they were first introduced to North America by Dr. James Bell at Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital.

Doctors have found that three-dimensional ultrasounds are useful for diagnosing abnormalities in fetuses because they have better resolution than traditional 2D ultrasound images. In addition, this technology has been used for education purposes, such as creating images of developing fetuses over time to show how their organs grow and change shape over time.


The Future is Here, and It's Calling Us All!

Nowadays, the majority of expectant parents assume that an ultrasound will allow them to see their unborn child for the first time months before the baby is born. It has developed into a treasured aspect of the bonding process for many expectant mothers. But up until now, mothers who are blind have been unable to share the experience. At the age of 17, Tatiana Guerra, went blind. When she showed up to the ultrasound during the 20th week of her pregnancy for a scan, the doctor first summarizes what he observes. Tatiana breaks down in tears as she traces the features of the son, she intends to call Murilo, as a relief sculpture created from the ultrasound image by a 3D printer.

In conclusion, the capacity of 3D-printed ultrasounds to produce images with improved clarity and show how fetuses develop over time has helped them become more popular in recent years. The technology has grown to be a treasured component of the bonding process for pregnant parents. In addition, 3D-printed ultrasounds have made it possible for blind moms, like Tatiana Guerra, to experience an ultrasound and establish a connection with their unborn child.