What is a 3D-4D ultrasound?
An ultrasound is a painless medical imaging procedure that helps our experts see inside your body. In the case of a fetal ultrasound, it allows our team to see the fetus, as well as get a closer look at your uterus, making it possible to provide recommendations specific to your pregnancy. Our physicians are specialists in maternal fetal medicine. This means they have advanced skills in fetal ultrasound, echocardiography and other diagnostic procedures to screen for birth defects and chromosome problems. The offices are accredited by the The American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine.
A 3D ultrasound provides our OB/GYN team with more information about the uterus, the uterine cavity and the external contour of the uterus in three dimensions. If a physician suspects that the uterine shape is abnormal, a 3D ultrasound is ordered. A 4D ultrasound refers to similar technology that is used in a 3D ultrasound, but in real-time where you can see the baby moving. The imaging procedures can take anywhere between a half-hour to an hour for each session. You will also receive images to take home and share with your family.
Why it's done
3D and 4D ultrasounds are very useful to evaluate the shape of the uterus on both the inside and outside. It helps our experts determine if there is an abnormality, which impacts the risks for preterm delivery and fetal growth restriction. In addition, you can use the information before a pregnancy to see if a procedure, like a uterine septum removal, is needed.
By using 3D and 4D imaging techniques, fetal abnormalities are much more easily seen and evaluated.
Particularly, these conditions include the external contour of the fetus, like facial abnormalities and cleft lip, as well as abnormalities of the ears, eyes, nose and extremities.
In the case of fetal abnormalities, we will be by your side every step of the way by referring the appropriate pediatric specialist that will help you care for your baby after birth.