3D/4D Ultrasound Imaging
3D/4D ultrasound is an ultrasound technique used during pregnancy to produce life like images of the fetus. We now offer this ultrasound for entertainment purposes. This is best between 26 and 31 weeks of pregnancy.
The standard obstetric diagnostic scans are 2 dimensional (2D) scans. Most women are offered a scan at 12 and 20 weeks of pregnancy.
In 3D/4D fetal ultrasound scanning, the sound waves reflected from the fetus are processed by a sophisticated computer program which results in recognisable surface-rendered images of the fetus. 4D scanning is 3D scanning in real time, like a movie. A registered sonographer will perform this scan.
We use ultrasound at energy levels below the Australian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine limits for obstetrical ultrasound. These standards apply to both 2D and 3D/4D ultrasound examinations. While there is no hard evidence for harmful effects of 3D/4D ultrasound, its use in non-medical situations should be undertaken with the understanding that some effect may exist. In view of this, the scan time for your 3D/4D scan will be kept to a minimum and be no more than 15 minutes.
Every attempt will be made to achieve high quality images but there may be times when it is not possible to achieve good views.