The advancements made in ultrasound technology have come such a long way in the last ten years. Where we could only make estimations concerning sex, congenital deformities, or health risks before, now with the advent of the 4D ultrasound, doctors and expectant mothers can learn so much more. With 4D ultrasounds, the question shifts from what can you see into what can’t you see?
The traditional two-dimensional ultrasounds use high frequency sound waves to create slices of a fetus and then shade them to make the image easier to see. Technicians and parents could only view the one slice of the image at a time and for some parents, the exhilarating feeling of finally seeing your child was dampened because of the low-quality images. While this technology was sufficient for determining the proper growth, placement and sex of an unborn child, there are other conditions that could not be determined until the child was born.
Today however, with the use of 3D and 4D ultrasounds (like the ones in use at our facilities), doctors are better able to diagnose certain conditions and features. 3D ultrasounds take a catalogue of echoes using sound waves produced by the transducer (ultrasound wand) and then combines the images in a digital bank to create a more detailed image. With 3D ultrasounds, doctors can determine so much more than just the sex of a child. Facial features like eyes, nose and lips can be seen. Mothers can count the fingers and toes of their child. But most importantly, physicians can see conditions like cleft lip, the possibility of Down’s Syndrome or other external abnormalities in the fetus.
The difference between a 3D and 4D ultrasound is that a 3D ultrasound is just a singular photograph. A 4D ultrasound combines the image as well as movement so it becomes similar to a short movie for the mother and doctor. With 4D ultrasounds, mothers can see their child’s movements in real-time.
Perhaps it is the clarity of the image or just finally seeing your child’s face, but having these imaging procedures done may promote healthy bonding for the mother and the health of the child.
If you’re looking for ultrasound services in the New Orleans or Metairie, Louisiana area, get in touch with us at Doctors Imaging. We’re radiologists concerned about quality patient care. To make your appointment, either call 504-833-8111 or use our online scheduling form.