Reflection about Life through Ultrasound



I started working in medical ultrasound, transducer division, over 30 years ago. The transducer is the device that directly generates ultrasound to enter into the body of a patient. Using the echo of the ultrasound reflected from any objects, an image of the objects can be formed through computation of the corresponding signals received at different time and location.

It has improved the resolutions of the image for different organs inside the patient with the advanced of transducer technologies and system hardware design. The number of elements within a transducer has progressively increased from about 100 elements to over 10,000 elements. Just like a TV monitor with more pixel elements, the higher the number of transducer elements results in more vivid and detailed image quality.

I was impressed to see my heart’s real time ultrasound image. Not only the four chambers of my heart can be observed but also the blood flow through my heart and the valves can also be visible on the screen. Nevertheless, the most amazing images are those from the baby inside the womb of a mother. As early as 4th week pregnancy, ultrasound image can reveal the shape of the embryo and the Doppler signal can show the rhythm of the heartbeat.

The conception gives rise to the combination of the chromosomes of the father and mother, that is the genetic blueprint of the baby. And from those early beginnings, much of the baby-to-be’s physical appearance, gender, and even his or her personality traits are decided.

Science tells us that DNA is the blueprint of life because DNA contains the instructions needed for an organism to grow, develop, and reproduce. DNA has the software to control the protein synthesis, which are the building blocks (hardware) of life. This is analogy to a building where the designer’s blueprint describes which material is to be used and at which time and in what amounts in the building’s construction. Human being is much more complex than any of the world’s buildings on earth. There is no doubt that each building has a designer even though we do not know him/her or the detail and purpose of the buildings were built for. The builder of our whole being reveals to us in the Scripture:

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” (Psalms 139 : 13 – 16, NIV)

This life builder is certainly the Creator God who has the wisdom and power to put all the genetic code in the book of life (DNA). The scientist still not able to know all the mysteries within a human cell and human body as mentioned in:

“As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things.” ( Ecclesiastes 11 : 5, NIV)

Through the study of science and life, we can appreciate how amazing and graceful of the work of God, the Maker of all things.

I conclude with one of my favorite Bible verses:

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. (Psalms 19 : 1 1-2)

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