Soon you can see your baby in a 3D virtual reality ultrasound

Thanks to modern technology, you will soon be able to see your baby in a 3D virtual reality ultrasound! Yes, it is actually as amazing and helpful as it sounds!

Soon you can see your baby in a 3D virtual reality ultrasoundSeeing your baby for the first time in an ultrasound is an exciting time during pregnancy. Early traditional ultrasounds show some level of detail that seems pretty cool to the average new parents: you can usually see a heartbeat, the beginnings of major organs, the development of your baby’s basic anatomy and of course the much anticipated sex organs. Although early ultrasound images don’t resemble how your baby will appear outside the womb, parents are nonetheless very eager to see their little ones to ensure healthy development.

Now, imagine amplifying the traditional ultrasound to a virtual reality experience. That’s what a team out of Rio de Janeiro developed. It’s actually a blend between an ultrasound and a MRI that allows parents to see the exterior and interior of their babies in 3D by wearing a headset called the Oculus Rift.  As with other virtual reality devices, parents can simply move their heads to change the view and explore different areas of their babies in utero.

According to the developers, babies appear much more true-to-form using this new technology and resemble how they will appear as newborns. Parents are better able to begin the bonding process as they see their more realistic baby move, breathe and develop in the womb. They can also hear their babies’ heartbeat through the virtual reality experience.

The true benefit, however, may be less about the parents and more about the view it offers doctors. Having this virtual reality window inside unborn babies allows doctors to check for complications within the baby. These may range from the proper development of organs to air blockages that could be an impediment during the birthing process. OBGYNs and pediatricians can be better prepared for potential health risks if they know what to expect prior to childbirth. For instance, a baby whose organs are compromised may need immediate surgery or a baby with a blocked air passage can be treated right away or even prior to birth to ensure she can take her first breath without hesitation.

The 3D virtual reality ultrasound technology has not yet become mainstream practice but researchers believe this is the new wave in prenatal care. With benefits for parents, doctors and most of all babies, this technology is extraordinary and ground-breaking.

Sources: Life Site News, The Telegraph and NBC News