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First-Ever MRI Scan of Newborn at Birth Produced

by Tanya Thomas on  December 10, 2010 at 10:48 AM General Health News   - G J E 4
Doctors for the first time have produced live MRI images of a baby at the moment of birth.

The scans could provide valuable new insights into the birthing process and allow future lives to be saved.
 First-Ever MRI Scan of Newborn at Birth Produced
First-Ever MRI Scan of Newborn at Birth Produced
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"We can now see all the details we previously could only study with probes. These images are fascinating and proved yet again that every birth is a small miracle," the Daily Mail quoted Gynaecologist Ernst Beinder at Berlin's Charite Hospital, as saying.

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The team developed a special 'open' scanner, which provided the necessary room for midwives and the mother during the birth.

The creation of the live MRI images of a birth could prove vital in understanding complications during the birthing process and the need for around 15 per cent of women to have a Caesarean section due to the baby not moving sufficiently into the birth canal.

Using powerful magnets, MRI creates a strong field to make some atoms in the body detectable to radio waves. The data can be used to create a cross-section of the patient, which provides detailed depiction of soft tissue and bone structure.

Source: ANI
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