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3D Images From Ultrasounds Allow Blind Parents to Feel Their Infant's Face

By The Washington Post

August 12, 2020

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Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore can provide blind parents with three-dimensional (3D) models of their baby's face so they can "see" them before they are born, much like parents with sight get to see babies pre-birth via ultrasound imaging.

The idea came out of a procedure developed at the hospital several years ago for fetuses with spina bifida, in which 3D printing was used to give surgeons a clear image of the spines of babies who needed surgery in utero, and to provide them with 3D models the surgical team could use to practice the minimally invasive surgery ahead of time.

John Hopkins Center for Fetal Therapy's Jena Miller said each print of a baby’s face takes about 3.5 hours to produce, and uses about $1.40 in materials.

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