3D & 4D Ultrasounds

Definitions and examples of 3D and 4D Ultrasounds are presented in two views.


What are 3D and 4D Ultrasounds?

3-D ultrasound can provide a static, three-dimensional images of what is scanned. The transducer records data of the area and the computer processes these images and presents them as an image that takes on a more life-like appearance.

3d ultrasound of child's face in two views

Besides the visual difference, volumetric measurements are often more accurate and certain abnormalities or the absence of a certain abnormality can often be obtained.

More recently, 4-D or dynamic 3-D scanners are being used. These computers have the ability to record process the data so the 3-D images can be seen in motion. 4-D ultrasounds can present the movements of a baby before birth.

Most experts at his point do not consider 3-D and 4-D ultrasounds will become a quick replacement over conventional 2-D scans. Right now they act as an additional tool, much like doppler. Most diagnosis is still being made with 2-D scans.

But let's be real. Seeing a baby ultrasound in 3D rather than the 2D fuzzy black and white images makes it seem a lot more personal, doesn't it?

Getting an Ultrasound:

Before the Ultrasound
During the Ultrasound
After the Ultrasound


3D ultrasound of baby holding umilical cord Two Views

3D ultrasound of baby. Notice the hand seemingly holding on to it's umbilical cord.

3D ultrasound of baby and hand Two Views

This 3D ultrasound was taken at 27 weeks. Learning to suck it's thumb already?

3D ultrasound of baby and hand Two Views

This 3D ultrasound already shows the characteristics of the baby's face.


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