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The new ultrasound picture? Tokyo clinic offers 3D cast of unborn child

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(WXYZ) – A Japanese medical facility is taking your average ultrasound picture to new extremes.

Instead of just printing a picture and sending you on your way, the Hiro-o Ladies clinic in Tokyo is now offering a 3D resin-cast of your unborn child.

Doctors call the model “Tensi no Katachi,” or “Shape of an Angel” and is made possible by the 3D printing company Fasotec.

The printer renders the model in various shapes and sizes, all of which float in clear lucite.

Parents are also able to decide whether to do a 3D rendering of the baby’s entire body, or focus on a specific area.

The service costs about 100,000 yen or about $1,300.

And in what some are calling the most bizarre part of all, the 3D models are also available as cell phone charms.

WHAT DO YOU THINK? WOULD YOU PAY FOR A 3D MODEL OF YOUR UNBORN CHILD? TAKE THE POLL ABOVE.

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Paul Khunkhun, serving Southern California since 1998. Paul is the owner of MDIS. He is a Board Certified Ultrasound Sonographer with RDCS and RVT credentialing. He is also pending ICAEL accreditation.

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