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What's the Difference Between 2D, 3D and 4D Ultrasound?

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

One of the most exciting occasions for expectant parents will likely be the very first time that they take a look at their child with the aid of an ultrasound. But commonly the pictures are usually dark and tough for the untrained eye to decipher. But in recent years 3D and 4D elective ultrasound has grown to be fashionable and widely available to those folks who want to have a more life-like image of their unborn child.

Prenatal ultrasound is the use of high frequency sound waves that go through the abdomen by using a transducer to make a video or image of the baby or babies. A 2D ultrasound is the procedure that you'll have done as part of your prenatal care which makes black and white pictures. This specific ultrasound is ordinarily used to hear the unborn babies heartbeat and also ascertain gender. Having said that it can also be used to understand how far along you are in your pregnancy as well as examine any kind of possible birth defects. It's most often conducted at 20 weeks at which time the physician will want to verify the overall health of the placenta, that it’s connected normally and that the fetus is growing nicely inside the womb. During this time period you can almost always discover the unborn babies sex, assuming the little one cooperates!

3D ultrasound is the same technology as 2D but rather sends out sound waves from multiple directions and thus makes a life-like representation that easily shows you the fetus’ characteristics.

Once more, 4D ultrasound is the same technology as 2D and 3D, but an array of shots are captured continuously showing real time visuals of the baby. It’s sort of a window directly into the womb where one can see the little one moving about, possibly yawning or sucking it’s thumb!

Sonography has been employed since the 1950’s and by means of extensive analysis has been proven risk-free. Like 2D ultrasound, 3D/4D does not make use of irradiation like an xray. There are no harmful effects on you or baby.

3D/4D ultrasounds are typically elective procedures which are conducted by specialized shops and aren't recommended during your basic prenatal care. Thus 3D/4D sonograms typically are not paid for by insurance plans unless considered medically necessary by the doctor. The best time to get a 3D/4D ultrasound is between 24-36 weeks. The longer you delay the more your child will grow and fill out giving you a view of baby’s attributes.

A large number of ultrasound boutiques let you to bring family and friends to share the experience and to have a glimpse of the newest family member. The ultrasound should definitely be a wonderful experience that you're going to value.


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