Polaroid of ultrasound scan

1981 in London

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Polaroid photograph of ultra-sound scan of foetus in utero, taken at University College Hospital, London, 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.


Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Contraception
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ultrasound scan
  • visual and verbal communication
University College Hospital

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