Human foetus: umbilical cord

Human foetus: umbilical cord

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Credit: ALEXANDER TSIARAS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY.

Caption: Endoscopic image of the human foetus in vivo, after 14 weeks, showing the umbilical cord, convoluted and pressing against the foetal stomach.The umbilicus supports 2 arteries carrying deoxygenated blood from the foetus, and 1 vein supplying oxygenated blood. The endoscope, a series of lenses and a fibre- optic light source, is inserted through the cervix (the neck of the womb) and manipulated until a "window" into the amniotic sac (which surrounds the embryo) is found (ie an area of the wall that is thinner).

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Keywords: 14 weeks, endoscopic image, endoscopy, fetus, foetal, human body, umbilicus, week old

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