For those of you following along on Facebook, you may have noticed our fearless leader’s caveat that posts may not be as frequent due to real life commitments. We all have those and, until recently, most of us have been able to find time to post a celebration of technology fairly regularly. However, life changes and sometimes it changes due to a new life.
We’ve looked at x-rays before, but there are other ways to see into the human body. Obstetric ultrasonography is one of the most commonly used methods when dealing with a woman and a fetus. Ian Donald proposed the first ultrasound system in a 1958 article titled “Investigation of Abdominal Masses by Pulsed Ultrasound”. Five years later, Joseph Holmes, William Wright, and Ralph Meyerdirk developed the first ultrasound that resembles what we imagine today when we think of an ultrasound system. The technology was quickly adopted by obstetricians eager to see the child growing in the womb. By way of the ultrasound, the doctors and technicians can take a variety of non-invasive measurements in order to determine the health and size of the fetus, as well as the health of the mother.
Yesterday was the last time I will see my child — shown in the lede photo — via this extraordinary technology. By this time next week I won’t have to look a the oddly colored, blurry photos any more. I will be holding him or her. At that point, things will get real weird for my wife and myself.