Many years ago parents didnt know the sex of baby that was growing inside the womb that was until ultrasound scans where invented.What’s remarkable about these baby scans is how technology as improved to reveal the most intricate of detail of baby growth and development inside the womb.The first ultra sound scans for pregnancy was first introduced back in the 1960’s.
In 1960 doctors first used the information to monitor baby’s heart rate.Dr. Edward H. Hon, an obstetrician, looked at existing sonar technology to invent the first handheld ultra sound scan,also known as a fetal doppler.
In the 1980s, multiplannar scanning led to the invention of 3-D ultrasounds so doctors can scan fetuses almost as if they had the baby in front of them.
In 1990’s through to 2000s, 3-D ultrasound images were used to create in-utero videos: 4-D ultrasound. This type of technology proves to be very valuable showing details such as blood flow, heartbeat, and fetal movements in real time.
soon be the 5-D ultrasound currently being developed providing even more detail on a tissue level.
The very latest new monitor that can accurately pick out a baby’s heartbeat in the womb could help prevent cot deaths and other life-threatening complications
Although existing monitors are good for routine antenatal checks, they are not quite sensitive enough to pick up subtle variations of baby’s heartbeat in the womb.This type of monitor developed by Wiltshire-based company QinetiQ, allows doctors to pick out the baby’s heartbeat from all the surrounding interference ie mums heartbeat etc.