If an abnormality shows up in an
ultrasound scan of a foetus, the
image can now be transmitted to
experts hundreds of kilometres
away through a special fibre optic
cable and their opinion received -
all within a matter of minutes
(Spectrum, No 245).
The new technology is being tried out in the St Mary's Hospital on the Isle of Wight off the southern coast of England, which has been linked through a fibre optic cable to the Centre for Fetal Care in Queen Charlotte's Hospital, London. The relayed image flashes on a video screen for an analysis by experts whose opinion can then be transmitted back - the whole procedure requiring just 15 minutes.
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