A 3D/4D ultrasound scan focuses on your baby's face and facial features. It is not a diagnostic scan and therefore does not include measurements of fetal growth or weight. The success of the scan depends on the fetal position and gestation. Care will be taken to ensure that optimum images are obtained. A DVD and CD with Jpeg still images and some thermal images will be presented to you at the end of the scan.
Expectant mothers may be anxious about the presence of birth defects and health condition of their unborn babies. Ultrasound is a worldwide recognized procedure imperative in achieving optimum health for mothers-to-be and their babies. A technique used to visualize a fetus in its mother’s womb, ultrasound provides an Obstetrician with valuable details, including determining the stage of pregnancy, the level of development of the fetus, and the presence of birth defects and disabilities. It helps evaluate and prepare for a twin birth as well as follow up the treatment of certain fetal abnormalities.
Benefiting from advanced technologies, 3D and 4D ultrasound scans are applied, in conjunction with 2d ultrasound, in examining the condition of the fetus.
The Advantages of 3D and 4D Ultrasound
- By producing more realistic images showing fetal physical problems and their locations, the technology enables more accurate diagnosis of birth defects and abnormalities, especially outward structural abnormalities such as cleft lip, cleft palate, tumor, abnormal skull shape, spinal deformities, and limb disabilities.
- The diagnosis of the baby’s internal organs is performed with more effectiveness as fetal abnormalities can be precisely located. In addition, a tumor size inside the fetus body can be identified by calculating volume.
- Forming a bond between a mother and child, an ultrasound experience is enjoyable and entertaining as the expectant mother has a chance to view her baby and its movements during the examination.
2D ultrasound has been used for over 45 years while 3D/4D ultrasound is the latest technology of the past 15 years. Both methods are safe due to the application of sound waves, as opposed to radiation. Nowadays, 3D/4D scan is performed in conjunction with 2D ultrasound, which consequently increases the effectiveness of the examination and diagnosis of the fetus. In the near future, it is hoped that technological development will overcome all the limitations of 3D and 4D ultrasound in order for obstetricians to be able to provide better healthcare for their patients. The better this technology becomes, the stronger and more enjoyable will the bonding experience become between mother and her unborn child.