The 4D ultrasound is a novel medical device whose primary function is to show on a screen what happens inside the body , in great visual detail. Its most frequent use is in gynecology, to observe the development of the baby.It had its origin based on the sonar of the submarines used in the Second World War, and is the result of advances that range from 2D ultrasound to 3D ultrasound.

What is 4D ultrasound for?

4D ultrasound has two characteristics: color images on the screen, and a real-time view.  It is used in medicine, especially in gynecology, where parents are allowed to be attentive to the development of the baby before birth.

In summary, 4D ultrasound is used to:

  • Know the sex of the baby
  • Detect malformations in the unborn
  • Find intrauterine diseases
  • Observe conditions in the uterus
  • Generate footage of the children before birth
  • Detect tumors in patients at risk of cancer

Know the sex of the baby

Although an ultrasound can be performed at any time during pregnancy, it is customary to do it between weeks 26 and 30, because after this period the fetus has a smaller space and therefore it becomes difficult to observe it clearly.

The 4D ultrasound allows to show the genitalia of the being in formation, so it can be determined what sex it is.

It serves to detect malformations in the unborn

Since the physical form of the baby can be clearly appreciated, it is possible to discover if it has any abnormality in its development, so that malformations can be prevented or corrected.

Helps in the detection of intrauterine diseases

By having a color and dynamic image, 4D ultrasound allows us to observe the environment in which the fetus develops, so any condition of the uterus can be predicted and treated.

Generate footage of the children before birth

4D ultrasound taken in the womb

The images produced in a 4D ultrasound can be stored in a memory, so that parents can carry the memory in digital form.

Used to detect tumors

4D ultrasound is used to find tumors and other diseases in patients of all ages, allowing a more accurate and faster diagnosis than with its predecessors, 2D ultrasound and 3D ultrasound.

What is your background?

Both tools, 2D ultrasound and 3D ultrasound, are still available for the diagnosis and monitoring of patients’ health situations.

His antecedents are:

    • 2D ultrasound : Shows a flat image on a screen that becomes distorted as the fetus moves. The procedure is limited to a black and white image.
    • 3D ultrasound : The image is better and more detailed than in 2D ultrasound, but there is no movement. A three-dimensional model is seen on the screen.</li

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Dr. Samantha Robson ( CRN: 0510146-5) is a nutritionist and website content reviewer related to her area of ​​expertise. With a postgraduate degree in Nutrition from The University of Arizona, she is a specialist in Sports Nutrition from Oxford University and is also a member of the International Society of Sports Nutrition.

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