Monday, July 02, 2012

Gorgeousness of the Day

This is a beautiful ad. Not sure if anyone watching this has purchasing decision authority, but the ad itself is great.


Jedi Master Ivyan said...

*sniff, sniff* It's wonderful to see baby's face before they're born

Mostly Nothing said...

We did have a scan for either of our boys.
Other than make the Mom feel better, what benefit does this machine have.
Just another example of why health care costs are so high.

tim eisele said...

Mostly Nothing:

Ultrasound imagers are used to look at all sorts of internal organs and structures, it's just that the pregnancy-related examinations are the ones that get all the press.

They're way cheaper (and safer) than an X-ray system (a quick look online shows some as low as $16,000, which may not sound cheap, but is actually pretty reasonable for non-mass-produced instruments. Typical prices for laboratory instruments are closer to $25,000 to $50,000). The only reason they haven't replaced X-rays entirely, is that each can see things that the other misses.

Personally, I'd kind of like to have one in the lab, so that I can image internal voids and cracks in rocks.

Mostly Nothing said...

I didn't mean to say an ultrasound machine is a bad thing. It's just overused in pregnancy. A perfectly health woman in a completely normal pregnancy has them, for no reason other than to get a picture of the baby that's not needed. This raises health care costs for everyone.