3D and 4D ultrasound exams allow you to see your unborn baby in even more depth and detail than a standard 2D ultrasound. In 3D or 4D, you get to see the real image of the baby, i.e., not his/her internal organ but the skin, nose, tongue. You will be able to see what your baby is doing in the uterus, like kicking, yawning, etc.
In 3D Ultrasound, the sonographer records multiple two-dimensional pictures recorded from various angles and then merges them to create a three-dimensional image. For example, you will be able to see your baby in 3D, just like a regular picture on the phone or laptop. You will be able to see his/her face and the whole surface.
4D Ultrasound is the same as 3D Ultrasound, but here you will not just see the image of your baby, but you can see his video. Thus in 4D Ultrasound, you will be able to see what your baby is doing on a real-time basis. You can see his/her action clearly on the monitor as the baby moves or turns him.
Getting a 3D or 4D ultrasound test is very tempting as you will be able to see your little ones. But as recommended by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), Ultrasound should always be performed for medical purposes. The procedure is safe for both the baby and the mother. Although there is no risk involved, however, it is advisable to perform it only when needed and by a qualified medical practitioner.
Following are the benefits of the process:
- You will be able to see the live image of your baby’s skin, mouth, or whole surface.
- You can monitor the baby’s size.
- Evaluate his/her movement.
- Confirm the due date.