If you are pregnant and expecting a child within the coming months, then you will need to go through several ultrasounds to make sure the baby is healthy. The imaging will occur around the 6 to 8, 18 to 20, and the 20 week marks. When the imaging is scheduled, your physician may suggest the completion of a 3D ultrasound. Keep reading to learn about some of the benefits of the imaging test.
The Images Are Much More Detailed
If you schedule a traditional 2D ultrasound, then you may be disappointed when you are handed some grainy black and white pictures. The images typically only show some blurry outlines of your child. The basic ultrasounds are fairly simple. They involve the release of sound waves from the ultrasound wand that move through your abdominal cavity. The waves bounce back and produce an image on a monitor. While large objects appear on the screen, the images do not show details.
3D ultrasounds use the same sound waves that the 2D scans use. However, the imaging process is a bit more complicated. To produce more complete and detailed images, the ultrasound wand releases and receives more sound waves. The waves bounce back and forth and create 2D images faster than a traditional ultrasound. The images that are created are gathered together and the data is interpreted as a single 3D image. Basically, images are stacked on top of one another to fill in minute details and to create a 3D image.
The ultrasound means that you can experience a more complete image of your child while still enjoying the non-invasiveness of a traditional ultrasound scan. However, your scan will be relatively short. This helps to reduce the amount of unnecessary sound waves that your child is exposed to.
The Organs Can Be Seen Clearly
If you and your doctor are concerned about potential birth defects, then a more in-depth ultrasound scan may be the best choice to diagnose issues early. While a 2D image can be used to show obvious problems that include spina bifada and limb abnormalities, organ problems may not be so apparent. While the ultrasound wand can be angled to show a section of the heart, for example, a full image is unlikely.
The 3D scans can show more complete and clear images of the organs. This is a good way to diagnose congenital heart defects and kidney malformations early on. Also, more subtle abnormalities like clefts palates and deformations of the fingers and toes can be identified as well. This helps to inform you of serious health problems early on so a treatment plan can be arranged well in advance.