A Synopsis Of 4D Ultrasound Technology

Who doesn't love seeing their unborn baby moving inside the womb? And in this era of incredible medical technologies and advancements, the images of the unborn baby are clearer than ever.

During your pregnany, your doctor will ask you to go through a few medical tests and scans. While some of those tests are mandatory to ensure a safe pregnancy, some are optional.

One such optional pregnancy test is a 4D Ultrasound. This latest technology is not available in all medical facilities and not covered by all insurance. Read on to learn more about the 4D ultrasound technique.

What's a 4D Ultrasound test?

A 4D ultrasound test is a way of regenerating moving images of your baby inside the womb. A 4D ultrasound makes use of sound waves to create that moving image. Although you can see a three-dimensional image of your baby in a 3D ultrasound, a 4D ultrasound takes this experience to the next level. It produces an effect that feels like you're watching a live video of the baby. By opting for this technology, you can see whatever the little life is doing inside the womb; you can see whether he/she is yawning or smiling at that particular moment.

What is the process?

A 4D ultrasound can be conducted using techniques that are similar to other ultrasound procedures during pregnancy.

  • The sonographer will ask you to lie down on your back on the examination table.

  • He will then apply a gel to your belly.

  • The gel will help to carry the sound waves.

  • He will use a transducer or probe on your belly and move it in circular motions to get the best out of an image.

How does it work?

Here's a rundown of how a 4D ultrasound helps create stunning images of your baby in the womb;

  • The sonographer uses a probe or transducer and moves it along your abdomen.

  • Further, this will send the sound waves via your abdomen, through the uterus.

  • Those sound waves will bounce back from the baby in the form of echoes.

  • The monitor will read those sound echoes and translate them on to the monitor's screen.

  • As your baby kicks or moves in the womb during the examination, you will be able to see the movements on the screen.

After a 4D ultrasound test, you may receive printed images of your baby or you may receive 4D video saved to DVD.

When can it be done?

Your doctor is the best person to advise you on when you should be getting a 4D ultrasound. Although some may suggest you get it done between 27 to 32 weeks of pregnancy, some suggest getting it done between 26 to 30 weeks.   

Also, remember that from the 19 to 24 weeks of gestation, you can find out your baby's gender with the help of these scans. While the idea of seeing your unborn baby with such clarity, you should consult your doctor before going for a 4D ultrasound.

What to do with your ultrasound imagery?

Many women receive a DVD or flash drive from the ultrasound provider following their 4D ultrasound. With the help of an app like BabyFlix, you can preserve the precious imagery from your ultrasound DVD to secure cloud-based storage and it share with family and friends as well by inviting them to view the images in the online gallery or sharing to social media with one click. With the BabyFlix app, you can store all of your pregnancy images in one place and view them from your phone without taking up precious phone storage.