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Understanding The Difference Between 3D and 4D Ultrasound

Ultrasound technology has become an integral part of the pregnancy journey. With several advancements over the years, ultrasound is currently the safest way to reveal the little details about a baby inside the womb. The technology has done no harm to the mother or the baby and is a reliable source in the OB/GYN field. Although 3D and 4D ultrasound scans are not standard prenatal tests, they are amongst the most sought after scans by the expecting couples.

Let us have a closer look at both 3D ultrasound and 4D ultrasound scans to differentiate between them.

3D Ultrasound
Traditional ultrasound captured images in two dimensions and returned a black & white, grainy picture of the tiny one inside the womb. The images give little to almost no detail, but still have been a handful resource for OB/GYN practitioners as they are able to analyze the images closely. 3D ultrasound has been a step forward in this field, as it added another dimension to the 2D images. Despite not being a standard test for pregnancy, 3D ultrasound rose in popularity due to the clarity of images.

Under medical supervision, pregnant women can take up the 3D ultrasound to have a better look at their babies. The colored ultrasound allows expecting couples to see the facial images of the baby and observe the body shape. Skilled professionals are hired by the ultrasound studios to perform sonography in a safe and sound environment.

4D Ultrasound
As the name suggests, 4D ultrasound adds the 4th dimension to the 3D ultrasound images. The 4th dimension i.e. time, allows parents to watch the baby’s movement in real-time. Despite being almost similar to the 3D, 4D ultrasound scan gets the nod when it comes to creating a video-like effect just like movies to watch babies yawn or smile.

Ultrasound studios, on special request of parents, can create a CD/DVD of the 4D sonography and give it to them to keep it as a treasure. That CD/DVD can also be used by the concerned doctor to analyze the growth of the baby.

3D Ultrasound Vs 4D Ultrasound
There is no huge difference between the two scans except for the added dimension of time in the 4D ultrasound. Also, both have their own demand as it all comes down to the personal preferences of the expecting couples. As these ultrasound scans provide clearer pictures of the baby inside the womb, it allows doctors to analyze the fetus’s development closely.

Benefits of 3D and 4D Ultrasound
Technological advancements have been afoot forward in the direction of making things possible that once seemed impossible. With 3D and 4D ultrasound scans, doctors are able to detect certain birth defects, such as cleft palate or clubfoot, that might become hard to identify with traditional ultrasound. Abnormalities detection is possible with these advanced ultrasound technologies. Also, imaging of mothers with high-risk pregnancies is possible with the 3D and 4D ultrasound.

3D and 4D Ultrasound With Mommy and me
With high-skilled technicians and under a closed environment, we perform ultrasound sessions to connect the parents with their precious little ones. Our dedication is unparalleled as we take complete care of the pregnant lady and her family.


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Rod Schaefer
My name is Rod and I have been in the 3D 4D ultrasound field from early 2012. It feels amazing offering mothers and their families a 3D 4D ultrasound experience that will last a lifetime. Here I will be writing about everything in depth which will help expecting moms in dealing with baby ultrasounds and pregnancy.

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