The lastes technology of visualizing your body is in the form of 3D/4D ultrasound. 3D ultrasound and 4D Ultrasound i.e. real time 3D or 3D in motion are a natural development of the imaging technology are becoming a clinical reality only now. People around the world prefer a 3D or a 4D to get the exact picture because it helps them to know more.
Talking about 3D ultrasound, this technology has helped in redefining traditional methods of CT and MRI images. The clinical application of 3D ultrasound is likely to advance rapidly, as improved 3D rendering technology becomes more widely available. 3D ultrasound features in helping the parents bond with future offspring. 3D ultrasound is a medical ultrasound technique, that is often used during pregnancy. 3D ultrasounds allow one to see a very clear and intricate images in much the same way as 3D movies but the only difference is that there is no movement.
The next and the most advanced technique is the 4D Ultrasounds that adds the element of time to the 3D process. A 4D ultrasound uses a special sonogram machine and takes images from a few different angles, which reveal more detailed images such as facial features. This technique can purely capture movements made by the baby during the procedure. 4D ultrasounds do not require a doctor’s order and are often done at a private ultrasound business, which specializes in keepsake 4D ultrasounds. The procedure is non-invasive and takes about twenty minutes to complete. 4D allows your doctor to visualize internal anatomy moving in real-time.
The advantages of the 3D and 4D technique are:
- Simplified 3D acquisition
- Reduces study time and decreases the waiting of patients
- Faster examination procedure
- The C-plane obtained, not possible in 2D
- Complete examination through increased perspective from volume data that means better qualitative and quantitative information to diagnose effectively
- All planes of view reproducible: virtual patient
Generally, the risks of 3D ultrasounds mirror those of 2D ultrasounds, as it uses the same ultrasound waves at the same intensity. The potential risk of 3D ultrasounds, if any, would depend on the duration of the ultrasound session rather than whether it is 2D or 3D or 4D. The only noted risk is that there is more than one report of a slight increase in left-handedness in boys whose mothers have received 3D ultrasounds. Left-handedness does not qualify as a medical effect according to the FDA. Other than the above stated risk, there are no reported medical defects or medical issues contributed to the 3D/4D ultrasounds. Medical studies show no increased risk of a 3D/4D ultrasound in comparison to a 2D ultrasound.