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3D Images From Ultrasounds Allow Blind Parents to Feel Their Infant's Face

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Taylor Ellis, 26, holds the three-dimensional ultrasound image of her baby, Rosalie.

Technology allows blind psrents to see their little ones before they are born by creating a three-dimensional image in the likeness of their unborn babys face.

Credit: Andrew Mangum/The Washington Post

Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore can provide blind parents with three-dimensional (3D) models of their baby's face so they can "see" them before they are born, much like parents with sight get to see babies pre-birth via ultrasound imaging.

The idea came out of a procedure developed at the hospital several years ago for fetuses with spina bifida, in which 3D printing was used to give surgeons a clear image of the spines of babies who needed surgery in utero, and to provide them with 3D models the surgical team could use to practice the minimally invasive surgery ahead of time.

John Hopkins Center for Fetal Therapy's Jena Miller said each print of a baby’s face takes about 3.5 hours to produce, and uses about $1.40 in materials.

From The Washington Post
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