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Ultrasound or sonogram images (much like sonar devices that enable submarines to "see" underwater) were developed in the late 1950's as the ultimate in hi-tech.

For the first time, doctors were able to diagnose potential problems using non-invasive radio waves that were safely beamed to a chosen target inside the body.

To say that sonograms revolutionized prenatal care might have been an understatement - as doctors were suddenly able to view a healthy growing fetus and provide an early diagnose of a known complication.

Today, the use of real-time scanners and 3D technology have taken ultrasound to an entirely new level, allowing expectant parents their first "movies" of an unborn child. More importantly, it gives doctors a clearer picture of normal fetal age, size and growth.

sonograms of fetal development

Sonograms help monitor progress and create a timeline for growth stages,
determining sex around the 5th month. Above, two sonograms showing
the fetus at 8 weeks and, at right, 27 weeks.

More fetal development picture galleries around the Web:

Around the Web, take a virtual tour of human development with examples of the wonders of sonograms and ultrasound technology - in photo galleries, video presentations and fascinating guides to how it all works - plus related information on normal fetal growth from conception to birth ...

Ultrasound: Sonograms
- Find out how they work and what they're used for in this interesting overview with facts and information on different types of ultrasound testing, and answers to common questions asked about the exam.

Obstetric Ultrasounds - An extensive guide to the topic including its history and development, clinical applications and how it's performed, a discussion on safety concerns and current controversies, with more on transvaginal scans, doppler ultrasound, 3D and 4D scanning techniques, related photos, picture gallery, video clips.

Fetal Development - What Does My Baby Look Like? - Images illustrating fetal growth from the first to the ninth month, including an interactive due date calculator, with more on prenatal exercise & nutrition, FAQ, and related information.


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