When can I have an ultrasound in pregnancy as a video?
Up until recently, the most common ultrasound in pregnancy gives a 2D image that shows a grey, blurry outline of the foetus. New technology now allows us to provide ultrasound in pregnancy in 3D and 4D. 3Dbaby scans are still pictures of your baby in three dimensions, like the photos you sometimes see in newspapers and magazines. 4D baby scans (with time as the fourth dimension) are videos - real time moving 3D images of the baby.
The 3D and 4Dbaby scans have a great psychological and social value and provide the perfect bonding experience, especially for dads. These pictures represent the first impressions of an individual, both as a keepsake for the parents and as a record of the young people as they grow.
3D/4D scans also assist the doctor’s work, because they show more detail from different angles. They can therefore help in the diagnosis of cleft lip.
The best time to have a 3D or 4D private baby scan is when you are between 20 and 30 weeks pregnant (between 20 and 24 weeks if you are carrying two or more babies). This is because the baby is not too big then and there is enough amniotic fluid around the baby to allow movement. The babyscan takes 20-40 minutes, depending on the baby’s position.
Consult your doctor/midwife if you:
would like the opportunity for a look at your baby in 3D or 4D
have concerns for your baby’s well-being at any stage of your pregnancy.
At Richmond Practice we have the very latest in 3D and 4D imaging technology available: A GE Voluson E8 ultrasound scanner. You can have 3D and 4D baby scans as part of your private pregnancy care package and store the videos and 3D pictures on a USB stick we will provide you with. Our consultant obstetricians offer 3D and 4D baby scans as part of the private pregnancy/maternity services available from Richmond Practice, you will be given a peek at your baby in 3D, free of charge with every scan you attend for.