3D Ultrasound refers to a medical ultrasound technique commonly used in obstetric ultrasonography (pregnancy period), showing a three dimensional image of the fetus. The 4D fetal ultrasound is similar to 3D scans. The only difference is associated with time in that, while 4D allows a 3 dimensional motion image in real time, pictures of 3D ultrasound is delayed due to the lag associated with the computer constructed image.
Benefits of baby ultrasound
3D and 4D Baby ultrasound creates an even stronger bond between the mother and the baby as well as a greater appreciation for the miracle of birth as compared to the 2D image since the picture is more realistic. The use of 4D ultrasound technique allow the mother or parents, friends and relatives actually see the baby in motion while still in the womb. Through the technique, one also gets to see what the baby will look like before they are actually born which is the desire of any expectant couple.
Unlike the traditional 2D ultrasound, the 4D scan allows more details that are just adorable. Before a baby is actually born, many fathers are curious to know the sex of their baby. 3D and 4D ultrasounds can show the sex of the baby which many couple would appreciate to see and end a debate as to whether the baby is male or female in the house. The fetus can be seen to cry, swallow, yawn and even perform intricate finger movements. If a couple wants to have the scans performed, it is recommended that this be done between the 26th and 30th week when the baby has developed more fat under his or her skin.
3D and 4D ultrasounds can help detect any form of known abnormality in the womb. This can thus help intervene where possible and make the fetus more comfortable before birth. The scans have been successfully used in the diagnosis of the cleft lip which has allowed doctors prepare the repair once the baby is delivered.
Another importance Is that they ultrasound for babies is useful to look at the heart of the baby as well as other organs which helps reduce anxiety in some expectant mothers and put them to rest and stop worrying. Since having an ultrasound performed is a special moment for both parents where they get to see their unborn babies, pictures captured can be kept to remember these special moments. The mother can thus show the pictures after the child has grown.
In conclusion, ultrasound has come a long way and today a more realistic image of the fetus can be captured and kept for a lifetime to remember the special moment when the baby was still in the womb. I am among a good number who would have loved to see such images of myself while I was still in the womb.