4D Ultrasound

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What is 4D Ultrasound?

4D ultrasound is a new type of ultrasound technology that displays a virtual image of the unborn baby in the womb. The method used is the same as that used for traditional ultrasound. i.e. emitting ultrasound waves from a transducer then detecting and processing the signal reflected from different layers of tissue, and finally creating the image.

 

In the traditional 2D ultrasound procedure, the transducer directs the ultrasound waves in a single plane (imagine that the pattern of sound waves is like a sheet of glass). The image of 2D ultrasound; therefore, is a tomography of an object as seen in the illustration. We can see the tomography of the body’s posterior and genital organ.

 

To from the 4D ultrasound image, the transducer and the processing device are more complicated. The transducer directs sound waves in a multiplanar pattern (imagine that the pattern of sound waves is like a moving sheet of glass, so data from the object is continuously collected). The added third dimension is “depth” which displays a virtual image of the scanned surface area. Not the tomography of the object. The illustration shows more complicated virtual images of the baby’s posterior and genital organ. The device will continuously collect 3D images to produce an animated output. This is the origin of the name 4D ultrasound. The fourth dimension is “time”.

What is 4D Ultrasound?

4D ultrasound is a new type of ultrasound technology that displays a virtual image of the unborn baby in the womb. The method used is the same as that used for traditional ultrasound. i.e. emitting ultrasound waves from a transducer then detecting and processing the signal reflected from different layers of tissue, and finally creating the image.

 

In the traditional 2D ultrasound procedure, the transducer directs the ultrasound waves in a single plane (imagine that the pattern of sound waves is like a sheet of glass). The image of 2D ultrasound; therefore, is a tomography of an object as seen in the illustration. We can see the tomography of the body’s posterior and genital organ.

 

To from the 4D ultrasound image, the transducer and the processing device are more complicated. The transducer directs sound waves in a multiplanar pattern (imagine that the pattern of sound waves is like a moving sheet of glass, so data from the object is continuously collected). The added third dimension is “depth” which displays a virtual image of the scanned surface area. Not the tomography of the object. The illustration shows more complicated virtual images of the baby’s posterior and genital organ. The device will continuously collect 3D images to produce an animated output. This is the origin of the name 4D ultrasound. The fourth dimension is “time”.

 

What are the advantages of 4D ultrasound compared to traditional ultrasound?

Parents often ask physicians about the benefits of 4D ultrasound compared to traditional ultrasound. One advantage of 4D ultrasound is that with 4D ultrasound, not only is a 4D image of the baby’s face created, but the doctor will also be able to examine the 2D ultrasound images (2D ultrasound tomography is still necessary for standard examination of the internal organs).A high-resolution 2D function is included in the 4D ultrasound device. The details of organs can be view. Which is very advantageous in diagnosing some birth defects such as cleft palate, congenital heart disease, and others?

 

An additional advantage is that average person can understand the images of 4D ultrasound. Parents can view clear images of their babies, creating an intimate bonding experience between parent and their unborn babies.

 

 

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