Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Fetal MRI's: A future source of information

I came upon this abstract that predicted the use of MRI's to examine the brains of unborn children.

Imaging technology is always a two-edged sword for the unborn child. It leads to a window on his world in the womb, and reveals him to be a human being, but it is also an instrument that leads to his destruction, if he is physically imperfect.

Nonetheless, this development could be very interesting. What if we used MRI's on healthy fetuses to find out what really goes on in their heads? Wouldn't that be interesting?

We could get more input about fetal consciousness, and the fetus' intellectual ability.

We could possible measure the level of pain felt by a fetus.

I am confident that this would only lead to greater respect for the unborn child.