Article Title

Ideal Positions: 3D Sonography, Medical Visuality, Popular Culture

Department/School

Johnston Center for Integrative Studies

Abstract

As digital technologies are integrated into medical environments, they continue to transform the experience of contemporary health care. Importantly, medicine is increasingly visual. In the history of sonography, visibility has played an important role in accessing fetal bodies for diagnostic and entertainment purposes. With the advent of three-dimensional (3D) rendering, sonography presents the fetus visually as already a child. The aesthetics of this process and the resulting imagery, made possible in digital networks, discloses important changes in the relationship between technology and biology, reproductive health and political debates, and biotechnology and culture.

Document Type

Article

Publication Title

Journal of Medical Humanities

Publication Date

7-1-2015

Volume

37

Issue

1

Pages

19-34

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