Watching your baby move around while in the womb is an amazing experience for expecting parents. The 3D and 4D ultrasounds offered by Myles Kobren, MD, with offices on Syosset and Whitestone, New York, are a once-in-a-lifetime bonding experience that provides videos and images with unbelievable clarity. To get your 3D and 4D images, call the office today or book an appointment online.
A 3D ultrasound provides detailed still images in color of your baby, while the 4D ultrasound offers detailed color video of your baby. As a firm believer in providing his patients the most advanced services, Dr. Kobren’s offices feature the GE Voluson Ultrasound System.
By comparison, the 2D ultrasound provides black and white still images that provide an outline of your baby and a view of the internal organs. These images can be blurry and make it difficult for a parent to identify what they’re seeing.
The ultrasound can generate an image using sound waves. It’s a noninvasive, safe, and painless procedure.
A sonographer covers your abdomen with ultrasound gel and uses a probe to collect the sound waves, which are then transmitted to a computer that generates the image and live-action video.
The three-dimensional image allows you to see the skin of your baby, and when in motion, you may be able to see repositioning, yawns, or stretching.
The advanced imaging provided by a 3D and 4D ultrasound make it easier to identify your baby’s gender. They also provide better imaging for possible congenital disabilities.
These 3D ultrasounds are also used to provide better imaging of the heart and other internal organs.
To get the clearest pictures, Dr. Kobren recommends 3D and 4D ultrasounds during the second and third trimester so you can see the developmental changes that occur. Considered elective procedures, 3D, and 4D ultrasounds are not part of your routine prenatal care.
If you can only come in for one ultrasound, Dr. Kobren recommends 3D and 4D imaging between 26 and 34 weeks of gestation. Before 20 weeks, your baby doesn’t have enough fat to generate a good image, and after 34 weeks, the baby’s head may have already descended into your pelvis, and you may not be able to get an image of the face.