Fetal MRI Model

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According to a research presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America, a new technology can transform magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and ultrasound data into a 3-dimensional (3D) virtual reality model of a fetus. Using this technique, the researchers were able to visualize and create 3D models of 25 fetuses. When ultrasound cannot provide sufficiently high-quality images for fetal evaluation, MRI is used as it provides high-resolution fetal and placental imaging with good contrast. Based on the fetal MRI results, a team of researchers from Brazil created virtual reality 3D models of a fetus. The model was constructed using sequentially mounted MRI slices. This was followed by the segmentation process in which …show more content…

It places the user in an immersive environment, where even the heartbeat sounds derived from the ultrasound of the fetus is heard. The user can study the 3D fetal anatomy simply by moving the head. Dr Werner said that Oculus Rift provides fetal images that are sharper and clearer than ultrasound and MR images viewed on a traditional display. He added that the 3D fetal models along with virtual reality technologies may improve understanding of fetal anatomical characteristics. It can be used for educational purposes and even for parents to visualize their unborn babies. The technology has several applications including assessment of fetal airway patency, which is a matter of importance for a developing fetus. In cases where ultrasound shows an abnormal mass near the fetal airway, physicians could use the 3D images and the headset to assess the entire length of the airway and make informed decisions about delivery. It can also help coordinate with multidisciplinary teams and provide better visual information to the physicians (and even parents) to help them understand malformations and make treatment

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