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  (Source: The Daily Mail)

  (Source: The Daily Mail)
Medical breakthrough produces first look

Fueled by the hope of gaining insight into the birthing process and saving lives, a group of doctors in Germany found a way to capture images within the womb as a child is being born. A medical team at Charite hospital in Berlin, worked for two years to develop a magnetic-resonance imaging machine (MRI) scanner that would allow them to document the processes and movements inside of the birth canal during delivery.  

The team adapted the traditional tube-shaped variety of the MRI machine into an open scanner that would provide enough room for the mother to be contained during the birth.  The Charite team believes this machine could help pinpoint information which would help explain problems that result in caesarean sections as well as other kinds of complications at birth.

While the mother wore earmuffs to block out the noise of the machine, according to gynecologist Ernst Beinder, the birth proceeded normally.   

"We can now see all the details we previously could only study with probes," said Beinder. "These images are fascinating and proved yet again that every birth is a small miracle."' 

At least five other births are expected to be imaged with the special scanner, the hospital received offers from several expectant mothers willing to volunteer for the procedure.

Mother and baby are both reported to be doing well.

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Next for little Johnny Accident's baby album...
By MrBlastman on 12/8/2010 12:43:33 PM , Rating: 5
A comprehensive MRI DVD featuring:

That oh sh%t moment of conception--in full motion MRI 3-D. See Willy the Sperm meet Matilda the egg in his epic battle to stave off the other knaves as he gains access to her lockett of love!

The reaction on daddy's face when mommy tells him--Hey, honey, guess what... I'm pregnant! Followed by the barrels of hesitant laughter and applause as he instantly realizes his life has been frakked (and he wonders to himself quietly... should he have frakked her?!) All... in MRI 3-D.

That moment when both the mom and dad to be ask the doctor--that thing, that thing that looks like a pea inside me, that's little Johnny? Afterwards, a full course of doctor visits following the growth of Johnny in Mommy's womb.

And lastly, that small miracle of birth (without the football encircled by hair--just... try and imagine it--wait, don't, you'll be scarred for life) all in full-motion MRI-3D.

If you act now, additional bonus footage is included showing the internal workings of daddy's brain as he faints watching Johnny pass out of the birth canal--including the jarring impact of his head on the floor. He'll never look at mom the same... again.

Technology, making it more useful, every day. :)

By Brandon Hill on 12/8/2010 12:48:28 PM , Rating: 4
Wait a minute, I've already seen this movie. It's called "Look Who's Talking" :-)

By MrBlastman on 12/8/2010 1:26:18 PM , Rating: 3
Hehe indeed. Have you also seen the Nova documentary, the "Miracle of Life?" The end where the baby pops out, that will scar you.

Thankfully with my wife when she gave birth to our daughter, she had a c-section and I got to watch them fillet her open in the OR right up close and watched in equisite detail as they peeled back the layers of flesh inside her.

Remember The Empire Strikes back when luke slashed open the TonTon and the "balloons" popped out? Her lipid layer on her belly looked just like that! My wife, she reminded me of Star Wars. Only a true nerd would tie the two together but, in the end, it was a fascinating experience.

The OR team thought I should have passed out.

By Spivonious on 12/8/2010 2:12:48 PM , Rating: 5
Han slashed open the taun-taun. C'mon, this is supposed to be a nerd site. ;)

By MrBlastman on 12/8/2010 2:22:43 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, Han. Argh. He stuffed Luke in it. Good catch, I had a mental name flip going on there.

RE: Next for little Johnny Accident's baby album...
By Smilin on 12/8/2010 3:54:26 PM , Rating: 3
Two traditional births here. First one I saw. On the second one the doc asks If I want to watch. "Nope, I'm good! Just gonna hold my wife's hand riiiight up here"

What is seen can never be unseen. Placenta. It doesn't look like you would think.

By ClownPuncher on 12/8/2010 3:58:04 PM , Rating: 4
Tastes even worse.

By MrBlastman on 12/8/2010 4:15:31 PM , Rating: 2
But it's fortified with iron! ;)

Mmmm... Iron.

By Belard on 12/9/2010 1:24:26 AM , Rating: 2
Nods on that one...

Having your wife/woman being sliced like a taun-taun (oh god, I thought she smelled bad at home...) or coming out the love-tunnel...

Can change guys...

Giving birth isn't a miracle thou, it happens every day - all over the world, humans and other animals reproduce and pop-out offspring.

The Miracle is having the child not be killed by the parents when he's being a little jerk... ;)

Cartoon pic
By jebo on 12/8/2010 12:19:21 PM , Rating: 2
At first I didn't understand the connection between the article and the cartoon pic at the top. Now I see it.

Regardless, that's pretty awesome tech.

RE: Cartoon pic
By Brandon Hill on 12/8/2010 12:37:41 PM , Rating: 2
That's no cartoon, that's from a 90's cult classic: Mars Attacks :)

RE: Cartoon pic
By Anoxanmore on 12/8/2010 1:10:30 PM , Rating: 3
Country music, the ultimate killer.

Every birth...
By Stacey Melissa on 12/8/2010 11:03:00 AM , Rating: 4
RE: Every birth...
By therealnickdanger on 12/8/2010 11:16:03 AM , Rating: 2
I love that one. Haha, thanks for that!

That eyeball is creepy.
By PAPutzback on 12/8/2010 11:12:12 AM , Rating: 2
It looks like the pasted it in from a Simpson character.

RE: That eyeball is creepy.
By Brandon Hill on 12/8/2010 12:14:09 PM , Rating: 2
That eyeball is creepy

Now that you mention it, Tracie's thumbnail makes much more sense now! :)

Nyak Nyak!!

RE: That eyeball is creepy.
By bbomb on 12/8/2010 3:26:35 PM , Rating: 2
That eyeball is freaking creepy as hell lol.

By Xaussie on 12/8/2010 1:30:28 PM , Rating: 3
It's clearly a boy and he's going "OMFG ... I think I just saw my first vagina!"

By Belard on 12/9/2010 1:27:17 AM , Rating: 2
Don't go there man... don't GO THERE!

And remember, you were there too!

Aren't babies eyes closed anyway?

Run for cover
By tastyratz on 12/8/2010 12:09:36 PM , Rating: 2
That's clearly no baby, its a facehugger!

RE: Run for cover
Full body scanner
By ned7077 on 12/8/2010 4:09:52 PM , Rating: 2
Why doesn't someone have a baby at the airport in front of the new fangled full body scanner? It's got to be cheaper than modifying an MRI machine.

RE: Full body scanner
By Iketh on 12/8/2010 9:14:04 PM , Rating: 2
because those are x-rays

This someone forget about the baby?
By ipay on 12/8/2010 12:48:03 PM , Rating: 3
While the mother wore earmuffs to block out the noise of the machine, according to gynecologist Ernst Beinder, the birth proceeded normally.

So this is how a Heavy Metal fan is born...

Fix your picture
By Smilin on 12/8/2010 1:08:07 PM , Rating: 3
It's upside down (same as every other site that is showing that picture).

"I'd be pissed too, but you didn't have to go all Minority Report on his ass!" -- Jon Stewart on police raiding Gizmodo editor Jason Chen's home
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