baby_4Since they aren’t part of the standard prenatal tests, these scans are optional. Doctors usually perform 3D ultrasounds on women who request them.

The concept around 3D ultrasounds is that it uses sound waves to create an image of the growing fetus. The image is then displayed on a screen. 3D ultrasounds create a three dimensional still picture of the growing fetus. 4D ultrasound scans will show a three dimensional image in motion. 4D allows you to view your unborn baby perform acts like yawning or sticking her tongue out.

There are several advantages associated with 3D and 4D ultrasound scans. For the parent they are able to see their baby’s face and other features before she is born. This helps in bonding. For doctors, 3D and 4D scans can help identify abnormalities such as cleft lip and be able to report and prepare for corrections to be made after the baby is born. Such abnormalities aren’t easily identifiable through 2D scans.

Like 2D, 3D and 4D ultrasound scans are believed to be safe. In addition, the images rendered by these two scans can help doctors identify any abnormalities which they can explain to the would be parents after scans are complete.

The main concerns about ultrasound safety surrounds companies that offer the service without qualified personnel. Authorities in ultrasound like the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists pose that too much exposure to ultrasound might have harmful effects on the unborn baby. The same position is held by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine especially if the scan is performed in facilities without qualified sonographers.

Before taking an ultrasound scan, it’s advisable to consult your doctor.

How is 3D 4D ultrasound Houston area is performed

The sonographer will ask you to lie down on your back. A gel will be applied on your belly. The gel helps to transfer the sound waves from the womb to the probe. A probe is then placed and moved along your belly to produce an image on screen.

After the ultrasound scan is complete, the doctor may provide pictures or a DVD movie depending on your agreement. You’ll also receive a report regarding the state of your pregnancy.

It’s worth noting that 3D and 4D ultrasound scans aren’t typically used used for medical diagnosis but meant to allow you to see her before she’s born.