An exhibition in Glasgow is set to take place in order to celebrate the city’s role in the development of obstetric ultrasounds. Organisers of the event are searching for women who underwent the first ever ultrasound scans in the 1960s.
The women will be able to share their experience on camera and the event will highlight how far technology has come since its development.
Where pregnancy ultrasound scans began
It’s easy to take pregnancy ultrasounds for granted these days. Since their development, ultrasound scans have come a long way. These days, as well as the standard 2D scans, patients can also opt to undergo 3D and even 4D pregnancy scans; seeing their baby in miraculous detail.
However, back in the 1960s, pregnant women had no way of seeing their growing baby until designer, Dugald Cameron, developed the machinery. Cameron was graduating the Glasgow School of Art when he developed the Diasonograph, which was ultimately produced by Kelvin & Hughes Ltd, a Glasgow-based company. It was then used within The Queen Mother’s Hospital. Cameron worked alongside clinical obstetricians, electronics and design, and engineering experts to develop the machine.
Glasgow wasn’t just the first city within the UK to offer pregnancy ultrasound scans, it was the first in the world.
When will the event be held?
The exhibition, known as Ultrasonic Glasgow, will be held at the Glasgow School of Art (GSA) in October. This gives plenty of time for patients to come forward. The GSA is especially interested in hearing from those who took part in the first ever ultrasound scans. They are also interested in hearing from anybody who worked on the equipment in the 1960’s.
The hope is they will be able to record interviews of the first women to undergo the pregnancy ultrasound scans, highlighting their early experiences with the technology. This will show just how far ultrasounds have come and how they transformed the industry.
Women who would like to take part in the event, are asked to email the GSA at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, you could write to the GSA at The Glasgow School of Art, Communication Design Staff Office, Floor 1, Reid Building, 167 Renfrew Street, G3 6RQ.
Pregnancy ultrasound scans today
Today, ultrasound scans are carried out routinely at the beginning of the pregnancy. Traditional 2D scans remain the most popular option. They use high-frequency sound waves in order to create a 2D image of baby in the womb.
They can be used for both diagnosis and treatment and they’re considered safe as they use sound waves, rather than radiation. 3D and 4D scans are still considered safe, although experts do advise against having them done as a memento only as baby shouldn’t be exposed to more scans than they need to be. Special transducers are required to carry out these tests, which are known to be expensive.
Overall, when you look back to how ultrasound scans developed and where they are today, you can see just how far we have come. The event held by the GSA is set to provide an exciting insight into how it all started.
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