2D, 3D and 4D Ultrasounds Available
2D Ultrasound • 3D Ultrasound • 4D Ultrasound
An ultrasound is a diagnostic procedure using high-frequency sound waves to create an image. All types of ultrasounds, including 2D, 3D and 4D, use the same sound wave technology. We use ultrasound technology in the diagnosis of conditions of the reproductive organs, as well as the monitoring of pregnancy development.
The 2D Ultrasound is the standard ultrasound provided to pregnant patients. The black and white image is usually used to determine the anatomy and sex of the child. Typically, this ultrasound is performed between 18 and 22 weeks of fetal development.
To produce the image (sonogram) with an ultrasound, the obstetricians will apply a gel on the abdomen to be used as a conductor. As the waves move out of the sound wave transducer, they bounce off bone and tissue sending them back to the transducer. This creates an image of the baby and surrounding placenta. The radiation-free procedure is safe for both mom and the baby. Sometimes the term sonogram will be used in place of the term ultrasound. Both are referring to the same procedure.
The 3D Ultrasound uses specialty probes inserted vaginally along with advanced software to produce a three-dimensional, static image. In pregnancy, the life-like images are typically produced at 28 to 30 weeks of fetal development. The images will produce detailed features of the child, giving them shape and structure.
In non-obstetric patients, the 3D ultrasound can be used to detect and inspect a variety of gynecological issues such as a uterine prolapse.
The 4D Ultrasound uses the same advanced software as a 3D ultrasound and is provided to our pregnant patients. With this technology, you can see movement within the womb in real time. Some clinics record the movements on a DVD for patients to purchase. The life-like images are typically produced at 28 to 30 weeks of fetal development, before the baby grows too large to capture in a single image frame.
An ultrasound can be performed at any time during your pregnancy. But, in a healthy pregnancy, ultrasounds are not medically necessary unless directed by your physician. If you are planning to have a 3D or 4D Ultrasound, schedule it ahead of time to make sure that you get the best pictures between 28 and 30 weeks.