With AVATAR MEDICAL and the LUMIERE Foundation, parents can discover their unborn child in virtual reality

 In the past decades, mother and neonatal care during pregnancy have been centered on ultrasound exams. We are now entering a new era with AVATAR MEDICAL and the LUMIERE Foundation: parents can now discover their future baby in virtual reality, while practitioners can better understand the development of the fetus.

The LUMIERE Foundation, under the aegis of the France Foundation, was founded with the objective of researching normal neonatal development, organ functionality prior to birth and antenatal pathologies. Its first project was to create the LUMIERE Platform, an integrated clinical research and teaching unit  based on the medical imaging of pregnant women.

AVATAR MEDICAL’s solution generates in real-time virtual reality representations of the fetus based on MRI images. This technology allows representation, interaction, and analysis of fetal MRI from raw images and offers the possibility to perform fetal morphometry. With AVATAR MEDICAL software the goal is to explore how the combined use of MRI and virtual reality can improve ultrasound-based diagnosis and identify new morphometric markers of disease.

The “avatar” is a great way for parents to start connecting with the baby but it also enables practitioners to easily monitor the development of the fetus. Located in the heart of a world-renowned institution on pediatric care, Necker hospital, the LUMIERE platform will give the possibility to multiple actors such as engineers, scientists, and health professionals to use this new technology on their research projects.