Modern 3D and 4D ultrasounds provide you with a detailed view of your baby long before its due date. Skilled OB/GYN Dr. Chadi Haddad and his skilled team use state-of-the-art technology, including 3D/4D ultrasound, so you and your provider can closely monitor your pregnancy. Call the office in Dearborn Heights, Michigan, or book an appointment online today to schedule your 3D or 4D ultrasound.
You’re probably familiar with a standard 2D ultrasound. This noninvasive procedure uses high-frequency soundwaves to create a 2D black and gray image of your developing fetus during pregnancy. Dr. Haddad may also use a 2D ultrasound to help diagnose gynecologic conditions, such as ovarian cysts.
A 3D ultrasound uses a similar approach to take multiple 2D images from different angles. Dr. Haddad combines the images to create a 3D representation of your baby that looks more like a regular photo.
A 4D ultrasound strings together a series of images to create a video. You can watch your unborn baby do things in real-time, including sucking their thumb and opening their eyes. You may even get to see your baby smile for the first time in a 4D ultrasound.
If you have a low-risk, complication-free pregnancy, there’s no medical need for you to have more than two standard 2D ultrasounds throughout your pregnancy. Your OB/GYN may recommend a 3D or 4D ultrasound to closely monitor and examine potential anomalies, such as spinal cord issues or a cleft palate.
However, many expecting parents opt to get a 3D/4D ultrasound to have a keepsake of their baby even if it’s not medically necessary. In this case, the ultrasound is considered an elective procedure, and insurance companies won’t pay for it.
As with other types of ultrasound, there are no known risks from 3D or 4D ultrasounds for pregnant women. However, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends pregnant women only have an ultrasound when medically necessary and under the care of a qualified medical professional, such as Dr. Haddad.
Many prenatal portrait studios offer 3D and 4D ultrasounds, but these places aren’t staffed by the medical team monitoring your pregnancy. Dr. Haddad ensures your ultrasound procedure follows safety standards and advises you on any medical issues the images may reveal.
If you’re considering a 3D/4D ultrasound, it’s important to see a provider you know and trust. Call Dr. Chadi Haddad or book an appointment online today.