3D/4D Scan

Navigating the journey of pregnancy brings a blend of excitement and anticipation for expecting parents. One of the pivotal moments in this journey is the ultrasound scan, an experience that offers a first glimpse into the developing life within. 

Find out the benefits of 3D and 4D ultrasound scans and what they can reveal.

Ultrasound Scan in Pregnancy

Ultrasound scans during pregnancy have become a standard procedure, providing essential information about the health and development of the foetus. Traditional 2D ultrasounds, which produce flat, black-and-white images, have been invaluable in prenatal care. However, the advent of 3D and 4D ultrasounds has transformed the experience, offering a more detailed and dynamic view of the foetus.

3D vs 4D ultrasound scan

Here’s what you need to know about the difference between 3D and 4D ultrasounds.

A 3D ultrasound scan offers:

  • A static three-dimensional image of the foetus, giving parents and doctors the ability to see the baby’s external features in great detail.
  • A clear image of the baby, showcasing facial features, limbs, and other body parts with remarkable clarity.
  • Medical advantages when assessing the baby for any developmental abnormalities, such as facial or spinal issues, as it provides a comprehensive view that aids in diagnosis and treatment planning.

A 4D ultrasound scan offers:

  • The introduction of an element of time, effectively turning static images into moving videos of the foetus.
  • The real-time ability to see the baby’s actions within the womb, such as smiling, yawning, or even subtle movements like thumb-sucking.
  • The ability to see the baby’s movements can also offer insights into its development and well-being, aiding doctors in ensuring that the foetus is growing as expected.

Choosing Between
3D and 4D Ultrasounds

When deciding between a 3D and 4D ultrasound, it’s essential to consider what you hope to gain from the experience. If the goal is to have a detailed image of the baby’s features for a keepsake or to assess specific physical characteristics closely, a 3D ultrasound may suffice.

However, if you’re looking for a more interactive experience, where you can see your baby’s movements and perhaps even capture their first smile or yawn, a 4D scan would be the choice.

It is important to mention that the clarity of both 3D and 4D ultrasound images can vary depending on factors such as the baby’s position, the amount of amniotic fluid, and the stage of pregnancy. For best results, it is recommended to schedule these scans at the optimal time, usually during the second trimester.

3D and 4D ultrasound scans in Singapore

That first moment of seeing your unborn child is magical. That experience can be made even better when you are in a safe, supportive environment.

At W Gynae, we focus on providing personalised women’s healthcare, so that you feel safe and secure. If you are looking for a 3D or 4D ultrasound scan in Singapore, book a consultation with us today.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, when performed by trained professionals, these scans are just as safe as traditional 2D ultrasounds. They use sound waves to create images without exposing the foetus to radiation.

The optimal time is usually between 26 and 30 weeks of pregnancy when the baby has developed enough fat under their skin for you to see facial features more clearly and when there is enough amniotic fluid around the baby to allow clear images.

Yes, both 3D and 4D ultrasounds can be used to determine the baby’s gender with a high degree of accuracy. These scans provide clear images of the foetus, making it easier to identify gender-specific characteristics. 

The best time for a gender determination scan is typically from 18 weeks of pregnancy onwards when the baby’s genitals are more developed and more easily visualised.

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