A Real-Life Time Machine: Fetal Imaging

3dfetalimagingExpectant parents are, by any definition, precisely that: expecting. The anticipation that has built up over the nine months of a woman’s pregnancy — and, in the case of couples who have undergone infertility treatments that may have lasted for months or years, the effect is magnified. Expectant parents simply can’t wait to see their baby born — and, thanks to our fetal imaging technology, overseen by a trained and board-certified OBGYN, they don’t have to.

Traditional two-dimensional (2D) ultrasound offers a virtual slice of the picture, a flat image of your unborn child that can leave a lot to the imagination. For many parents-to-be, that’s enough — but for those who are interested in seeing what your baby is going to actually look like, three-dimensional (3D) ultrasound fetal imaging is a huge step forward. 3D fetal imaging uses state-of-the-art ultrasound technology to generate three-dimensional, textured relief images of your unborn child while he or she is still in the womb; with a level of detail that wasn’t possible just a few years ago, today’s fetal imaging professionals can show the tiniest bump in a nose, the position of fingers, even whether their eyes are open or shut.

As spectacular as these images are on their own, adding video to the process (4D) means you can watch as your unborn child wiggles his or her legs, sucks a thumb, blinks their eyes or even yawns. The magic of true live motion in fetal imaging helps expectant parents know not only that the pregnancy appears to be progressing normally, but also helps jump-start a bonding process that will last a lifetime.

For more information about the latest technologies surrounding 3D or 4D ultrasound fetal imaging, or other services offered by our OBGYN staff, please contact us today!

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