The visualization of the unborn via ultrasound has become a normal procedure in pregnancy. Since the mid of the 20th century imagining techniques in medicine made it possible to envision the nascent life that is ‘naturally’ hidden and invisible. A new article outlines shortly the medical history of the ultrasound, the application of three-dimensional ultrasound images in the medical diagnosis and the commercial use of the ultrasound. Furthermore, the authors also discuss the social, philosophical and psychological implications of the visualization of the unborn and, more generally, the specifics and requirements of visual experiences.
Publications: Bittner, U., Imhof, C., & Arnold, M. (2012). Philosophische, psychologische und erfahrungstheoretische Aspekte der Visualisierung des Ungeborenen mittels Ultraschall. Eine Skizze [Philosophical, Psychological and Experiential Aspects of the Visualization of the Unborn via Ultrasound. An Outline]. Zeitschrift für medizinische Ethik, 58(3), 249-256.