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What Are 3D Ultrasounds

As an expecting mother, you want to do all you can to ensure your baby has a healthy birth. With the use of modern medicine, health care practitioners are able to safely monitor the health of your developing child. Our team at Women For Women will provide a variety of tests to make sure your baby is born happy and healthy. If you are interested in a 3D Ultrasound on Long Island, contact us!

Numerous prenatal tests can be used to detect health conditions in the baby. However, they are limited because only certain features of the fetus can be observed at any one time. For example, an ultrasound only provides 2D images of the baby, so it is difficult to know whether what is observed is normal or indicative of a health condition. This has meant that there has been significant interest in developing 3D ultrasounds for monitoring fetal health.

What Are 3D Ultrasounds? 

3D Ultrasound on Long Island

3D ultrasound on Long Island monitors fetal health by creating more accurate images than conventional 2D ultrasounds, making it easier to detect malformations and other abnormalities. 1However, while many researchers have reported promising results, 3D ultrasounds are still in the early development stages due to their complexity.

Other Types of Ultrasounds

There are also 4D ultrasounds that use the same principles as 3D ultrasounds but can show the images live. One of the major difficulties with using 3D or 4D ultrasound imaging is that it requires high-resolution imaging systems, which are up to 100 times better than those used in standard ultrasound machines.

However, while some of the features shown in 3D or 4D ultrasound images may not be fully developed until after birth, their growth can be carefully monitored through regular 2D ultrasounds.

This allows doctors to compare the development of abnormalities detected by 2D ultrasound scans with those displayed on 3D or 4D ultrasound scans to discover whether any health threats are present.

It also provides a low-cost assessment for fetal well-being in general, which cannot be achieved using any other existing technology.

It is important to note that 3D ultrasounds do not increase the risk of miscarriage or cause any known health.

What Can Ultrasounds Detect?

Ultrasounds can detect several kinds of birth defects, including spina bifida, cleft palate, congenital heart defects, and Down’s syndrome.

Spina Bifida is a birth defect whose spine and spinal cord do not close before birth, resulting in nerve damage. This may lead to paralysis or loss of sensation below the waist or other medical problems such as bladder infection, inability to control bowel movements, and changes in skin sensitivity.

A Cleft palate is a congenital disorder with an opening in the roof of the mouth. It often occurs along with other birth defects such as cleft lip and Down’s syndrome, which is a genetic disorder caused by trisomy of chromosome 21. Children with Down’s syndrome usually have physical growth delays and may also experience developmental delays such as cognitive function or communication skills.

Congenital heart defects occur during pregnancy as a baby’s heart fails to form correctly, resulting in holes between the chambers and abnormal positioning of the valves. This can reduce blood flow from one chamber or valve to another, which may cause heart failure or cyanosis.

Are there risks associated with ultrasounds?

There are no known risks associated with ultrasounds. Ultrasound machines emit an inaudible sound that is completely harmless to humans and only produces a small amount of heat when it contacts the body. The risk of damage from exposure to ultrasound energy is extremely minimal. Ultrasounds are considered one of the safest diagnostic procedures in all of medicine.

Contact Us For 3D Ultrasound on Long Island

Get in touch with Women For Women Obstetrics and Gynecology to schedule an appointment. If you want to learn more about 3D ultrasound on Long Island, give our office a call or send us a message on our website!