Like most expectant parents, I was thrilled to bits with the blurry, black and white ultrasound snapshot (printed on flimsy paper) that the sonographer handed me at my twelve week scan. Of course, looking at that same picture now, I realise that we couldn’t really ‘see’ anything! How things have changed.
Three dimensional ultrasound images of your baby in utero are not new – the technology has been around for a number of years and a quick online search will lead you to dozens of 3D and 4D ultrasound services around Australia. However the pioneer of the 3D ultrasound technology, Dr Bernard Benoit of the Princess Grace Hospital, Monaco, has recently developed new 3D imaging software that shows the foetus in incredible detail.
The new software adds colour, skin texture, light and shadow to images, and most importantly allows doctors to detect and have a better understanding of any medical problems that may be present.
The images are remarkable, particularly the twins in their ‘top and bottom bunks’ and the detail in the images of early pregnancies.
So Babyologists, have you settled for the grainy black-and-white ultrasound snapshot or have you opted for a 3D or 4D scan?