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Polaroid of ultrasound scan, London, England, 1981

Ultrasound scanning produced this photograph of a 17 week-old foetus in the uterus. The mother’s abdominal wall is at the top of the picture. Slightly below and to the right of the baby’s head is its trunk. A limb alongside the trunk can also be seen. The scan was taken at University College Hospital, London. It was re-photographed to produce this Polaroid picture. Parents are given photographs or DVDs of ultrasound screenings to take home with them.

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Glossary: photograph

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Glossary: obstetrics

A branch of medicine dealing with the care of women. This care occurs during pregnancy, childbirth, and the period of recovery from childbirth.

Glossary: uterus

The hollow reproductive organ in female mammals. The uterus is where the foetus develops after conception. The word 'womb' is often used among non-medical people to refer to the same area.

Glossary: foetus

The name given to the embryo during the later stages of development. In human reproduction it refers to an unborn child from its eighth week of development.

Glossary: ultrasound scan

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