Parents can now see and even touch a 3D model of their unborn infant at a Hong Kong private hospital.
Hong Kong Adventist Hospital in Tsuen Wan is Hong Kong’s first private hospital to introduce the latest 4D ultrasound device to print 3D models of fetuses, news website hk01.com reports.
The device, which is capable of conducting real-time examination of fetuses, was launched on Monday. It allows for clear examination of a fetus and printing of its 3D model.
According to Doretta Lo, a senior nursing officer at the hospital’s outpatient department, each ultrasonic scan costs about HK$3,000. Printing 3D models of fetuses also costs about HK$3,000, which requires three to five days to complete.
Lo said pregnant women who book the hospital to deliver their baby can enjoy the 3D printing service at a discounted price.
The hospital also said priority care sessions of its outpatient department will be upgraded to an urgent center in October, Apple Daily reported.
The urgent center will be served by two emergency medicine doctors currently in the priority care sessions, together with two senior specialists in emergency medicine recruited from public hospitals.
The urgent center will provide services from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m., with family doctors taking over the shift after 12:00 a.m. Emergency medicine doctors will be on call if necessary.
The urgent center is planned to become a 24-hour emergency room in two to three years.
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