What’s the difference between a 3D and 4D Pregnancy Ultrasound?
4D Pregnancy Ultrasound, or 4-Dimensional scans, build on the technology of 3D scans. The additional factor is time. What this means is that 4D ultrasounds are moving images of your baby in real time. As your baby kicks, moves, frowns, grimaces, sucks their thumb, opens their eyes, and moves their lips, you will be able to see these movements on the scan as they are actually happening.
The technology associated with 4D ultrasounds equates to an added expense and are not generally offered as part of a routine obstetric service. If parents choose to have a 4D ultrasound done, they will need to pay for this procedure themselves.
3D /4D Pregnancy Ultrasounds are also known as elective prenatal ultrasounds. They are not designed to replace the standard 2D procedure which is commonplace obstetric procedure. Instead, they offer a more enhanced “bonding” experience with the unborn baby and are instigated by parents choosing to have them done, rather than a medical need.
Some parents are very keen to see for themselves how their baby is growing and developing, and for that reason another name for the 4D ultrasound is a “lifestyle” scan.
Both 3D and 4D Pregnancy Ultrasounds are not designed to replace a standard obstetric ultrasound. Many companies will not do a 3D or 4D ultrasound unless a 2D medical diagnostic ultrasound has been done first. This is to screen out any abnormalities for both the mother and her baby. As always, Precious Memories advises that all patience consult a doctor to ensure the overall well-being of the Baby.