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Ultrasound Offers an Objective Look at the Developing Embryo

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Arguably one of science’s greatest developments, ultrasound photography has substantially advanced understanding of the complexity of the human development. Ultrasound tissue-imaging photographs, also known as sonograms, rely on high-frequency sound waves, which form black-and-white images of the baby in utero based on the echoes they generate as they bounce off the body. Completely non-invasive, ultrasound’s waves lack the ability to penetrate bone as x-rays do.
An ultrasound image shows different structures in distinctive ways. For example, fluids in the body always show up as black areas on the photograph. Tissues, on the other hand, are gray in color, with bones brightening into white.
Now commonplace, ultrasounds were invented before the 1950s and were not popularized until the 1970s. As an interesting footnote, they were developed from technology first used to locate problems in the designs of ships.
The finely detailed human images shown in ultrasounds show scientifically the humanity of the pre-born child. Women seeing their child for the first time through ultrasounds establish the mother - child bond in a special way.

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