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Which ultrasound scan is best for pre-birth photos and imaging - 2D, 3D or 4D

Updated: Sep 13, 2023

You're ready to capture some incredible, pre-birth images of your child but you're not sure whether to choose 2D, 3D, or 4D ultrasound scans.


I believe the 3D and 4D scans are the ones that create the richest imaging and therefore the most awe-inspiring memories, but some clients prefer the traditional simplicity of 2D.


There is no right or wrong answer and that's not what this article is about. Instead, I want to explain the differences in the various ultrasound scanning techniques so that you understand the science and physics behind each one.


And, yes, ultrasound is safe, as you'll soon see.


What are ultrasound scans and how do they work?


Ultrasound scanning, also known as sonography. It is a medical imaging technique that uses high-frequency sound waves to create images of the internal of the body.


The sound waves are emitted by a small handheld device called a transducer, which is placed on the skin and moved across the area being examined.


As the sound waves pass through the body, they bounce off the tissues and organs and are reflected back to the transducer. The transducer then converts the echoes into electrical signals. These signals are processed by a computer to create real-time images of the internal parts of the body.


Ultrasound scanning is commonly used to examine the abdomen, pelvis, breast, thyroid, and other parts of the body.


However, it can be also be used to visualise organs and tissues, making it invaluable as a tool for capturing those early, pre-birth images of that baby developing inside you.


It is a safe and non-invasive procedure.


Unlike x-rays, there is no radiation involved in ultrasound scans; it's just sound waves.


This is why Had Me At Hello Imaging is proud to be offering our service because ultrasound is safe for pregnant women and children.


But what's the difference between 2D, 3D or 4D scans? Let's dive deeper.


2D ultrasound technology explained


2D ultrasound scanning produces two-dimensional images of internal of the body. It is the most common and widely used form of ultrasound scanning.


The images produced by 2D ultrasound are in a flat plane, with only length and width dimensions.


This type of ultrasound imaging can be used to visualize organs, soft tissues, and fluid collections. It is commonly used in obstetrics to monitor fetal growth and development, and to detect any abnormalities or complications during pregnancy.


While 2D ultrasound is a safe and non-invasive procedure, it does have some limitations.


In the medical world, 2D imaging can make it difficult to visualise certain structures or organs, and the images produced may not provide enough information to make a definitive diagnosis.

However, this simple, "traditional" style of ultrasound image might be just the thing you want for marking these earliest days of your child's life.


3D ultrasound technology explained



3D ultrasound scanning produces three-dimensional images of internal of the body.


Unlike 2D ultrasound, which produces flat images, 3D ultrasound creates a series of images that are combined to create a 3D model of the area being examined.

3D ultrasound can be used to visualise the internal structures of the body in much greater detail than 2D ultrasound.

Your obstetrician is likely to use 3D ultrasound because it gives us a more detailed view of the fetus, including its facial features, limbs, and internal organs.

It's the capturing of facial features that attracts many of our clients to seek 3D imaging.


4D ultrasound technology explained


4D ultrasound technology, also known as "real-time 3D ultrasound," is an advanced imaging technique that allows technicians to view live images of a fetus in the womb in three dimensions (3D) and in real-time motion (4th dimension or time).

Conventional 2D ultrasound creates images of the fetus in two dimensions, while 3D ultrasound generates a three-dimensional image of the fetus. 4D ultrasound adds the element of motion, allowing medical professionals to see the fetus moving in real-time.

This is the real "front row seat" in the world of ultrasound scanning, and can truly create a wow moment.


Watching 4D scans can also be a surreal experience because we really do get to glimpse the mysterious, private world in which your child is developing in deep connection with your body.

Because there is so much your obstetrician can investigate with 4D scanning, there is little time for "naval gazing" when you are undergoing your medical ultrasounds.

That is why Had Me At Hello Imaging was created.

We cannot and do not focus on the medical investigation side of ultrasound scanning.

When you book in for our 4D scanning sessions, this is your time; just you and your baby getting to know each other.

This is why we go to great pains to stress that our 4D ultrasound scanning is not a replacement for routine prenatal care, and should be used in conjunction with other diagnostic tools to ensure the health and well-being of both the mother and the fetus.


Which ultrasound scanning is right for capturing the best pre-birth memories of your child?


In my opinion, I would always choose the 3D/4D imaging option because it gives more detailed and vibrant imagery.


But I know there are some people who highly regard the "medical record aesthetics" of the classic 2D scan, which is why we also offer that service.

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19 mar 2023

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