4D Pregnancy Scan

With 4D scanning, pictures are made in real time and you can see what your child is doing in your womb at the time, such as moving of legs and arms or opening of the eyes. Ultrasound scans are an essential tool to examine the health and internal organs of a growing fetus.

3D scans show still pictures of your baby in three dimensions. 4D scans show moving 3D images of your baby, with time being the fourth dimension. … This is because the scan sees right through your baby, so the photos show her internal organs.

Mums-to-be usually get two scans during a normal pregnancy, but with advances in technology, it’s now possible to see a little bit more of your baby before they’re born by opting to pay for a 4D scan in addition to these. A 4D scan will usually be performed when you’re between 26 weeksand 32 weeks pregnant. Earlier than 26 weeks and your baby won’t have developed enough fat to clearly see features, whilst any later than 32 weeks your baby may have shifted position ready for the big day and therefore it’ll be harder to see their face and features. A normal 2D scan uses ultrasound to see through your baby, resulting in a flat grainy grey image which shows your baby in the womb. A 4D scan uses a similar principle of ultrasound but combines sections of 2D images to create a 3D image which you can see moving in real-time (adding the 4th dimension to the scan).

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