4D ultrasound – an advanced method for foetal imaging

4D ultrasound – an advanced method for foetal imaging

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Obligatory tests for pregnant women in Poland include 2D ultrasound scan, which is a non-invasive imaging ultrasound check. The scan gives the opportunity to detect any potential abnormalities in the foetus at different stages of pregnancy. Even more diagnostic possibilities are available with the new 4D method as it allows for dimensional imaging of the baby in real time.

The 4D imaging is dimensional imaging of the baby in real time – the image is showed from different planes and angels. Therefore, it is possible to see the external surface of the baby’s body, face and to examine the heart and limbs in more detail. The 3D ultrasound is used in both obstetrics and genecology.

Foetus abnormalities are usually detected with a standard 2D scan. However, not all malformations in the foetus can be discovered using this method.

This is particularly important in the case of defects of surface structures, cranial and facial bones, limbs and neural tube. The high quality of the images make the 4D ultrasound an effective way of detecting, among others, cleft palate, spina bifida and heart defects. 3D and 4D ultrasound checks also allow for measuring the volume of parenchymatous organs of the foetus: kidneys, spleen, liver, brain, lungs.

Doctor Michał Szuber PhD, a gynaecologist, Medicover Polska

The decision whether there is a need for 4D ultrasound scan is made by a doctor – usually during a 2D ultrasound check. However, parents themselves may also be interested in such a scan as a valuable addition to a standard imaging.

The 4D ultrasound shows the image of the baby that is clearer and more readable not only for professionals. Having the scan in the third trimester of the pregnancy, parents may see the baby’s facial features and expressions – grimace and smile of their baby.

Doctor Michał Szuber PhD, a gynaecologist, Medicover Polska

The 4D ultrasound scan is safe both for mothers and babies. It takes about 20 minutes in the case of a single pregnancy and about 40 minutes in the case of a twin pregnancy. Scan checks may be performed at the Medicover Hospital in Warsaw as well as in Medicover Centres in Poznań, Katowice and Wrocław.

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