New 3D virtual reality device watches unborn babies

2 years ago Aparna Nair 0

New 3D virtual reality device watches unborn babies


Parents may soon be able to watch unborn baby grow and even listen to its heartbeat. Using the 3D Virtual Reality device, say scientists who have developed a new technology. That creates a realistic model of the fetus using Ultrasound data and MRI

The MRI(Magnetic Resonance Imaging) provides high resolution fetal and placental imaging with excellent contrast. It is uses in fetal evaluation when an ultrasound cannot provide sufficiently high-quality images.

Researchers created virtuality 3D models based on fetal MRI results. Sequentially mounted the MRI slices are used to begin construction of the model.

The segmentation process results in which the physician chooses the body parts to be reconstructes in 3D.

This is a 3-D virtual model MRI view of fetus at 26 weeks. made by the Radiological Society of North America. See National story NNBABY; Expectant parents may soon be able to watch their unborn babies grow using new realistic 3D imaging.; Researchers in Brazil used the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset to transform MRI and ultrasound data into a life-like model of a foetus. So instead of getting a blurry polaroid-type image of something that could be a baby proud parents will be able to get sharp realistic images instead. The technology will also be used to spot birth defects and to allow parents to see the development of their baby from outside the womb, according to research being presented next week at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). Scientists used slices of MRI scans to build up a 3D reconstruction of the scans.

When the accurate 3D model is created.  In which it includes the womb, placenta, umbilical cord, and fetus the virtual reality device can be the program to incorporate the design.

The 3D fetal models combined with virtual reality immersive technology. It may improve our understanding of fetal anatomical properties. And can be uses for educational purpose and as a method for parents to visualize their unborn baby.

The virtual reality 3D fetal models are remarkably similar to the postnatal expression of the newborn baby.


They recreate the entire internal physical structure of the fetus. In which including a detailed view of the respiratory tract, which can help doctors in assessing abnormalities.

For the virtual reality device, researchers used the latest-generation Oculus Rift 2 headset. The Oculus Rift 2 sets the user in the immersive environment, complete with heartbeat sounds obtained from the ultrasound of fetus.

The Users can study the 3D fetal anatomy by moving their head. The technology has diverse potential applications, including an assessment of fetal airway patency.

An Airway patency, or the state of airways being open and unblock, is a major problem for a developing fetus.


For example:

If ultrasound gave an abnormal mass near the fetal airways, physicians could use the 3D images. That headset to assess the entire length of airway and make better-informed decisions about delivery

The physicians can have access to an immersive experience on a clinical case that they are working on. Having the whole interior structure of the fetus in 3D to better visualize and share the morphological information.

These images will help facilitate a multidisciplinary conversation about some pathologies. In addition to bringing a new experience for parents when following the progress of their unborn child.