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Aurora magazine

Prenatal test easier with 3D models of the fetus

A research from Brasil developed a technology that creates a 3D model of the fetus. It uses data got trough MRI and ultrasound, that give a hi resolution image of the fetus and of placenta.

Technology allows to make evaluations impossible to get with regular ultrasound, that cannot provide images sufficiently detailed. If it would expanse, I could allow to improve prenatal test techniques.

The 3D models of the fetus exploit immersive virtual reality technologies. Increase the understanding of fetal anatomic features, recreating even the internal structure and facilitate prenatal screening. Allow you to view details of the respiratory tract, for example, helping to identify any abnormalities. A possible application of the technology includes the detection of obstructions in the airway. It is in fact important to verify the correct development of the apparatus and, in particular, of the ways of connection between the outside and the lungs.

The new technology has potential in a clinical setting. It displays the condition of the fetus in order to show them comprehensively to any team. The presence of details in 3D of the internal structure also facilitates the exchange of morphological and multidisciplinary discussions information. This could bring considerable benefits to the patients themselves, which would provide a more comprehensive service.

For the moment, the researchers used the new technology in a clinic in Rio de Janeiro. In some cases, the 3D models were able to identify defects that required surgery. In happier cases, they allowed parents to track the growth of their child more clearly. It is a major breakthrough in prenatal screening, which takes its place alongside other innovative prenatal tests such as fetal DNA testing.