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