10 Amazing Ultrasound Photos And The Stories Behind Them

By Michael Avery in Amazing On 26th August 2015

#1 The parents who were scared over a creepy ultrasound

This is so, so metal.

A man on Reddit announced that he and his wife are the proud parents-to-be of an adorable, red-faced, leering demon, whose first photo is above.

The man said, "Wife and I went to get a ‘4D' ultrasound of our unborn child. (We) saw this picture. Changed our minds."

This guy is already mastering parenthood.

#2 The boy whose heart-shaped head was spotted in an ultrasound

Beverley Winter, from Stockport, could hardly believe her eyes when a 3D scan revealed that her son seemed to have a heart-shaped head. The 20-year-old said: "It was a shock, I looked at my fiancé and we both asked if it was going to stay like that."

The couple was reassured by medical staff that would not be the case. Five months later, little Logan Platt was born perfectly normal. It is thought that Logan's strange head shape may have been caused by the angle the scan was taken at, coupled with fluid covering part of his head.

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#3 If you are happy and you know it, clap your hands!

Jen Cardinal, a mother from Olympia, Washington, recently uploaded an ultrasound video of her 14-week-old child. What makes this video amazing is that her baby is clapping in the womb.

The short video has gone viral and has received over 8 million views on YouTube.

Cardinal initially posted the video on Facebook to announce her pregnancy to family and friends.

#4 The face that was spotted on a testicular tumor

Urologists can't afford to giggle like 7th graders every time someone brings up balls. However, Canadian doctors recently spotted something too incredible to ignorea man's face in an ultrasound of a patient's testicular tumor.

Dr. Naji Touma, an assistant professor of urology at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, says, "It was almost like art coming out of this patient's testicles ... It was an amusing finding."

However unusual it is, doctors are too logical to start worshipping the face. Touma explains, "It's purely coincidental. That's what came to our mind, though, that somebody would look at this like the Virgin Mary on toast, but that's not the case."

The patient was more interested in the news that the growth was benign than the fact that there may have been a man in his balls. The urologists did the equivalent of posting the photo to Facebookthey sent it to The Journal of Urology with the headline "The Face Of Testicular Pain."

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#5 A boy who was found smiling in the womb

Proud parents Amy Cregg and Leighton Hargreaves were stunned when a routine scan at 31 weeks revealed their soon-to-be-born first child grinning like a Cheshire Cat. The couple, from Accrington, Lancs, said that since his birth, the now four-month-old Leo has not stopped smiling.

The scan was just the beginning for the beaming baby boy. "After he was born, he was always smiling. even in his sleep," added rehabilitation support worker Amy, who lives with painter and decorator Leighton.

Modeling agencies have already approached Amy about Leo's smile. She says that the high street chain Next has expressed an interest in hiring the four-month-old after seeing pictures of the cheerful child.

#6 'May The Face Be With You'

This ultrasound scan of an unborn baby bears an eerie resemblance to the evil emperor from Star Wars. Heather Large, 39, immediately spotted the cloaked figure staring back at her from a scan in the 20th week of her pregnancy.

The sinister image resembling Emperor Palpatine even appears to feature a claw-like left hand. Husband Toby, 33, from Illinois, said: "During the ultrasound, Heather noticed that one of the images appeared to look like Emperor Palpatine from Star Wars. At this point, everyone in the room had a laugh, including our eight-year-old daughter Hannah and the ultrasound technician."

Toby never realized the stir the scan of his son Bowie, now eight months old, would cause among Star Wars fans when he uploaded it. Web user "MasterGnet" commented, "The Force is strong with this one! Like it!! Congrats from Switzerland!" while "Khz-acid" wrote, "Grats on the sith lord baby!"

Toby added: "Heather is both amused and slightly disturbed that images of her uterus are making the rounds on the internet."

#7 The babies who grimace when mom smokes

Babies appear to grimace in the womb when their mother lights up. Tiny movements were captured in the faces of fetuses using 4D ultrasound scans to demonstrate the harmful effects of smoking during pregnancy.

Pregnant women have long been urged to give up cigarettes because they heighten the risk of premature birth, respiratory problems, and even crib death. Now, researchers believe they can show the effects of smoking on babies in the womb and are using the images to encourage mothers who are struggling to give up.

Dr. Nadja Reissland has studied the 4D scanned images and recorded thousands of tiny movements in the womb. She monitored 20 mothers attending the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, four of whom smoked an average of 14 cigarettes a day. After studying their scans at 24, 28, 32 and 36 weeks, she detected that fetuses whose mothers smoked continued to show significantly higher rates of mouth movement and self-touching than those carried by non-smokers.

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#8 The baby's scan that looks just like a dinosaur

A mother-to-be was amazed after a "dinosaur" turned up in her baby's scan. Leanne Sullivan, who is expecting her first baby, daughter Ruthie-Lou, went to the hospital for a routine ultrasound. But she never expected to find a prehistoric surprise lurking in the 20-week scan.

The 29-year-old Liverpool resident said she had not noticed the strange shadow in the background when she initially brought the printout back from the hospital. The eye-catching scan appears to resemble the long neck and head of a Brontosaurus, which existed in the late Jurassic period. It was only when she showed it to friends and family that someone pointed out the uncanny likeness to Leanne and partner James Fletcher. Coincidentally, the scan showed up just a month before Jurassic World hit cinemas and smashed box office records.

#9 A baby is doing fine and gives the thumbs up

It might not be a very scientific indication of how an unborn baby is doing, but it must be quite reassuring all the same when your child-to-be gives you a thumbs up on the ultrasound.

This image was posted on Reddit by user meancloth alongside the caption "recent ultrasound result looks good," and was viewed nearly 2 million times in 24 hours.

#10 A 3D printed ultrasound for a blind mom-to-be

A video showing a blind woman "seeing" her unborn child by holding a 3D printed ultrasound has drawn more than eleven million views in a couple of days.

Tatiana Guerra, 30, has been blind since the age of 17. In the video, as an ultrasound is being performed, the doctor informs her of the baby's healthy heart rate. "What does his face look like, doctor?" asks Guerra in Portuguese. "His nose looks like yours his two little eyes are closed how do you imagine him?" he responds. "Oh, I imagine him," the expectant mom says. "His nose (looks) like a little potato a small mouth a chubby little hand."

The video then cuts to a mobile 3D printing station, which shows ultrasound imagery being used to create a physical model of the baby. When the printed fetus is brought into the room with Guerra, the doctor informs her that it is an image of her son, whom she plans on naming Murilo.