Prenatal 3D ultrasound is an amazing, new technology that allows you to see beautiful, color images of your unborn baby. With 3D ultrasound, you can actually see what your baby looks like before birth and you can watch your baby move while it is still in the womb. It is a wonderful way for mothers, fathers and siblings to begin bonding with the baby before he or she is born.
3D ultrasound photos are nothing like the standard, black and white, 2D ultrasound photos that most people get from their doctors. In the color photos produced by 3D ultrasound, the baby actually looks like a baby. The sophisticated technology behind 3D ultrasound enables the production of these spectacular images.
3D ultrasound differs from 2D ultrasound in the way in which the image of the baby is rendered. Ultrasound itself is the use of high-frequency soundwaves to create images of internal structures. A small, handheld device called a transducer is used to send soundwaves out and also to receive and record the sound waves when they bounce back. The soundwaves used in 2D and 3D ultrasound are the same. The difference lies in the sophistication of the transducer and the computer software within the ultrasound machine. Unlike 2D ultrasound, 3D ultrasound renders a volumetric image of the baby by almost instantaneously compiling multiple 2D images.
Even more incredible is the movement of the baby that live motion 3D is able to capture. This is also known as 4D (the addition of time is the fourth dimension). You can watch color, 3D images of your baby as he or she sucks their thumb, yawns or kicks while still in the womb.
3D ultrasound equipment operates with the same power output as 2D machines. Both are monitored and approved by the FDA for use in obstetrical ultrasound. Regular maintenance on our GE equipment is just part of our quality control commitment at Peek A Belly 3D.