Prospective parents who can not wait for the moment when they will finally be able to take their child in his arms, can now buy a three-dimensional model of the fetus and show it to your friends. Japanese inventors have come up with a way to turn the results of conventional ultrasound in the anatomically correct copy of the unborn child.
Nine-centimeter piece of resin, which is a model of the fetus, enclosed in a transparent block replicating the shape of the mother's womb and created the 3D-printer after an MRI. FASOTEC company offers prospective parents also miniature versions of the child, who can become "good decoration for your mobile phone or key ring."
"Only once in your life you are pregnant this baby and we have received many requests for the creation of these models from pregnant women who do not want to forget the feelings that they are experiencing during these 9 months," — said the scientist.
Model Angel is 100,000 yen (about U.S. $ 1,000). Company officials say that the ideal time to scan is the eighth to ninth month of pregnancy. For those who are not willing to spend that amount, the company will offer 3D-face model of the fetus for 50,000 yen (about U.S. $ 500) — in December.
To create the models will be used ultrasound images taken in a medical clinic in Tokyo, which has entered into an agreement with the company. FASOTEC is a supplier of devices, including 3D-printers, and uses the technique of layering to create three-dimensional structures. The company also produces a 3D-model of the internal organs, which can be used by doctors to plan surgery or medical students for training.
Also, it is possible that in the near future, the model will be used in hospitals to doctors in more detail and can clearly tell patients about their condition. Technology not only allows repeated shape, but also the texture pattern — for example, to make it hard or soft.
"By making a model that is similar to the real organ or bone, you can simulate the operation and engage in a variety of research" — that's spokesman FASOTEC. The scientist said that his company hopes that the creation of 3D-models of newborn babies will help popularize this advanced technology. Alexei Slobodyan