A 4D Ultrasound (or 4D Live Motion Imaging) is the continuous three-dimensional scanning of the baby with a simultaneous visualization of the A, B, and C planes. This revolutionary quad-beam technology, which obtains 3D images in Real-Time up to 25 volumes per second, goes beyond the boundaries of traditional ultrasound and opens the 4th dimension of Real Time so that you can see your baby moving in 3D.
If you are interested in a 4D sonogram, Stork Vision® can provide 4D ultrasound through live motion capture technology. We capture these treasured images on DVD, CD-ROM and Photographs. By providing you with high quality digital images it’s easy to share your ultrasounds with friends and relatives via the internet. The optimal time for a 4D ultrasound is between 27 and 32 weeks of gestation.
Ultrasound has been in use for over 35 years and no harmful effects have ever been shown from responsible use. Reputable and responsible 3D/4D Ultrasound Centers limit scanning time to those much less than a typical 2D diagnostic scan. A 3D/4D ultrasound uses the same exact power levels as the traditional 2D ultrasound and the FDA sets the standard level that is safe. While it is sometimes argued by healthcare providers that 3D/4D ultrasounds are not necessary, studies have shown a profoundly positive impact on parents and the benefits to the pregnancy are significant. When expectant mothers are allowed to see a realistic view into the womb, the pregnancy becomes more real and often causes mothers to take better care of themselves. Fathers, extended family, and siblings enjoy the experience of viewing a 4D ultrasound session as well.
2D, 3D, and 4D ultrasounds are produced by listening to sound waves. A 2D visualization is a single plane interpretation of the reflected sound waves. 3D ultrasound is the same but at multiple angles. These still images are created through sophisticated software and shows detailed features of the baby. 4D ultrasound is referred to as the “4th dimension in time.” Instead of looking at a 3D still image, you can view a real-time video with motion of the baby while still in the womb.
There are several important factors involved when producing a 3D/4D ultrasound. One factor is the amount of space remaining in the womb. 2D ultrasound sees through everything but when scanning in 3D, everything becomes solid. Therefore things like the umbilical cord or placenta can act as a barrier if sitting in front of the baby. The most optimal time to see the baby is between 26 – 28 weeks because there is still room in the womb. The further into the pregnancy you go, the more the remaining space decreases. Another important factor is how much amniotic fluid is present. It is important to stay hydrated throughout the pregnancy. Extra fluid intake a few days prior to coming in for a 3D/4D scan is known to help with the clarity of the pictures. The placenta position is another element that affects an ultrasound. An anterior placenta is on the front side of the womb and in front of the baby while a posterior placenta is on the backside of the womb and in back of the baby. With 3D/4D imaging, the posterior is ideal, however it is possible to capture the baby regardless.
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