A new MRI technique has revealed that it’s never too early to develop a little sibling rivalry. A video of twins fighting in their mother’s womb shows that brothers and sisters often come to blows long before meeting their parents for the first time.
According to CBS News, Dr. Marisa Taylor-Clarke of Imperial College’s Robert Steiner MR Unit in London said the “cinematic MRI” gives doctors a better idea of what takes place when twins battle for space inside their mother’s womb.
“A lot of the so-called videos in the womb are very processed, so they do a lot of reconstructing and computer work afterwards. These are the raw images that are acquired immediately,” Taylor-Clarke explained during a recent interview with New Scientist.
Taylor-Clarke explained that the MRI was designed to study the consequences of twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome. Since the process gives doctors a clear look at what’s going on inside a patient’s belly, the process essentially provides experts a glimpse into a world never before seen by human eyes.
“We haven’t really been able to see before in such real-time complete pictures how twins interact and what this cine lets us do is see their positions in relation to each other and how much space they have, how much space they occupy, and how they might move around and push each other out of the way,” she said. “So that’s something that you can see snapshots of on ultrasound and small parts of it, but you don’t get the view of the whole room, as it were, the room being the womb.”
The video embedded below seems to show twins having a short battle for space inside the womb. Then again, it could just be one sibling giving the other a hard time. Regardless of the reasoning, the clip featuring twins fighting in the womb is nothing short of astonishing.