3D and 4D Ultrasound
3D and 4D ultrasounds are optional and not a standard prenatal test. Your ObGyn Chico Dr. Raleigh Unterseher often provides them as a courtesy to his patients who request them.
Like standard ultrasounds, 3D and 4D ultrasounds use sound waves to create an image of the baby in the patient’s womb. The difference between them is that the 3D ultrasound is used to create a three-dimensional image of the baby, while 4D ultrasounds create a live video effect, like a movie. The 4D ultrasound gives you the opportunity to watch your baby smile or yawn.
3D and 4D ultrasounds let parents see their baby’s face for the first time. Your ObGyn Chico also likes 3D and 4D ultrasounds because they can expose certain birth defects (such as cleft palate) that might not be revealed on a standard ultrasound.
Studies imply that 3D and 4D ultrasounds are safe, but the medical benefits of them aren’t clear. Experts worry that too much exposure to any ultrasound may create unnecessary risks.
For an abdominal ultrasound, the patient lies down and a technician applies a special gel on her belly to help carry the sound waves. Then the technician holds a probe against the patient’s belly and moves it around to retrieve an image.
- After the 3D or 4D ultrasound, the patient will be given photos and a copy of a 4D movie to take home. Your ObGyn Chico will advise you at this time if anything seems unusual.
Keep in mind that 3D and 4D ultrasounds are not typically used to diagnose a potential problem with your baby. And never, ever agree to a 3D or 4D ultrasound that is not provided in a medical center by a trained professional!
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