For the first time ever, people can watch live footage of a child being born - from inside the womb
A recently released video taken by an MRI scanner gives scientists a real-time, detailed view of childbirth. Researchers from the Charite University Hospital in Berlin took the video in 2010, and have just released the footage to the public.
Researchers studied how the fetus and mother's pelvis interacted during birth, to gain information about the "proper management of labor and delivery," says a study of their work, published this month in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.
Researchers used what's called a cinematical MRI, which takes multiple images of one part of the body and then pieces them together to create a movie.
The method was used recently to watch a common occurrence in unborn twins, where one twin receives more of the blood supply and grows larger and stronger than the other, NewScientist reported.
The MRI scan provides a much more detailed look than anything that’s come before. MRI is also safer than other scans for the mother and baby because it doesn't emit ionizing radiation.
The expectant mother lay down under the MRI scanner as she was approaching the second stage of labor. Researchers stopped recording as the baby’s head started to emerge, to protect the newborn's ears from the noisy MRI, Medical Daily reported.
Researchers hope to use the technology to film real-time videos that can be used as tutorials for safe birthing methods, according to the study.
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