Life-size baby models for expectant mothers

July 2, 2009 11:42:00 AM PDT
New technology is allowing expectant parents to hold a life-size model of their babies months before they are born.

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Using MRI and ultrasound images, a 3-D computer model of a fetus can be created, and a model-making machine does the rest.

A science-inspired model maker who works with Egyptian mummies discovered the new application for the technology, which is so precise, it can even capture facial expressions.

"I was crying of course. It's amazing to see, and you know, you can see the umbilical cord and everything," said model maker Dr. Jorge Lopes.

While it is too early to predict all the potential medical and diagnostic uses, the models can be used to help parents-to-be deal with fears of any abnormalities and help expectant parents bond with their babies.

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