3D Ultrasounds in Nashua, NH
Fetal ultrasound provides you and your doctor with the first glimpse of your developing baby. An ultrasound produces a picture of the baby to monitor the size and position of the fetus and checks for problems. This type of imaging is non-invasive and uses sound waves to produce an image. Ultrasound results may estimate the due date, check for multiple pregnancies, and find major birth defects. No radiation is used, so there is no risk for you or the baby.
Quick Facts about 3D Ultrasounds
- A safe, painless and non-invasive test
- Typically performed between 18 and 20 weeks of pregnancy
- Used to confirm a pregnancy and its location
- Used to determine how a pregnancy is progressing, the baby’s growth rate, age, and sex.
- Used to determine location and development of the placenta
- Identifies possible fetal abnormalities
Benefits of a 3D Ultrasound
Conventional 2D ultrasound provides outlines and flat looking images. This can be used to see the internal organs of the baby and is helpful in diagnosing heart defects, issues with the kidneys and other conditions.
3D ultrasound provides the first pictures of your baby in the womb complete with facial features etc. It may also be helpful in diagnosing readily observable external conditions such as a cleft lip.
How To Prepare
- Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing.
- Most likely the test needs to be done with a full bladder. For transvaginal ultrasound or those in late pregnancy, a full bladder usually isn’t necessary.
What To Expect
- The examination usually takes less than 30 minutes.
- The patient is usually positioned on an examination table and clear gel is applied to the abdomen. This improves conduction of sound waves and eliminates air between the transducer, a small plastic device that sends out sound waves and records them as they bounce back, and your skin.
- The transducer moves back and forth over the abdomen, directing sound waves into the uterus and capturing the reflected sounds waves that are digitally converted into images.