3D ultrasounds at a whole new level

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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.

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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.

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So Babyologists, have you settled for the grainy black-and-white ultrasound snapshot or have you opted for a 3D or 4D scan?

(via The Guardian/ images via GE Healthcare)

 

Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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