What is a fetal ultrasound?
Also called a sonogram, a fetal ultrasound is a noninvasive imaging procedure that uses sound waves to create a picture of your developing baby while they’re inside your uterus. Fetal ultrasounds may be a routine part of your prenatal care to monitor your baby’s growth and health during pregnancy.
In some cases, you may need a fetal ultrasound to evaluate a possible pregnancy complication or confirm a diagnosis. The team at Perinatal Diagnostic Centers of New York and New Jersey is certified by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM), an organization dedicated to safe and effective ultrasounds in medicine.
Why would I need a fetal ultrasound?
Depending on your unique situation, you may need an ultrasound for one or more of the following reasons:
Evaluate fetal growth and development
Monitor fetal anatomy
Perform prenatal tests
If you have a high-risk pregnancy, a fetal ultrasound may be part of a prenatal test called a fetal biophysical profile. This test measures factors like your baby’s heart rate, breathing, and movement to identify possible complications.
All women typically get a routine ultrasound test for nuchal translucency screening between weeks 11-13 of pregnancy. This screening checks for early signs of chromosomal problems, such as Down syndrome, trisomy 18, and trisomy 13.
What is the difference between a 2D, 3D, and 4D ultrasound?
As leaders in the field of medical ultrasound, the team at Perinatal Diagnostic Centers of Florida uses the most advanced technology, including 3D/4D ultrasounds.
A 2D ultrasound provides a cross-sectional, or two-dimensional, view of your fetus. These black and gray images show your baby’s anatomy and may reveal their gender, but they don’t reveal much else about what your baby looks like.
3D ultrasounds provide a greater level of detail. These images look more like a regular photo, so you can actually see your baby’s face before they arrive! 4D ultrasounds take a series of images to show movement, like a video.
For the most advanced technology in fetal ultrasounds, call Perinatal Diagnostic Centers of Florida or book an appointment online today.