Common Misconceptions about 3D and 4D Ultrasounds

Ultrasound technology has gone from allowing doctors to determine the health and development of the child, revealing the gender of a baby to the parents, to providing photo-realistic images of the baby in the womb. However, there are very real disadvantages to opting for 4D scans rather than regular ultrasound images during pregnancy:

1. The Misconceptions

The greatest misconception is that a 4D scan is similar to having a photo taken of your baby while in the womb. While the images are far more detailed and provide you with an impression of what the baby looks like, the pictures are not photographs.

The full-color images can still come across as grainy and distorted and can be quite off-putting to new parents who are not prepared for the view of the baby whose features have not been fully developed.

Parents also often attribute emotions to the images that they are seeing. They tend to think that the baby is smiling or crying in the womb, whether or not this is truly the case.

2. Diagnostic Myths

4D ultrasound scans are not used as a medical or diagnostic tool, but only to provide images for parents. Parents are often talked into paying for the extremely expensive scan under the impression that it will assist in diagnosing any potential problems. Regular ultrasound scans are used for medical diagnostics over and above the 4D scan.

3. Seeing The Baby For The First Time

Parents who expect the baby to look exactly like the 4D image after birth are likely to be disappointed. The features of the baby can change after the scan as they continue to develop throughout the remaining term of the pregnancy.

During a natural birth, the head and the face of your baby can become misshapen as it moves through the birth canal. This often results in an elongated head, flattened nose and squashed or swollen facial features. All these aspects will rectify themselves naturally within a few days or weeks after birth when the features are more likely to resemble the scan.

4. The Health Of The Baby

The health of the baby and the mother should be the primary concern during pregnancy. Images that result in negative or positive emotions from the parents can result in this important factor taking a backseat, especially where parents are not happy with the way they perceive the images.

5. Getting It Wrong

There is a reason why 4D ultrasounds, like those done by View A Miracle, are not used as a diagnostic tool and this is pure because the results are subjective and not always accurate. Factors that may be considered normal under regular ultrasound scans can become glaring anomalies in a 4D image. These anomalies are often misdiagnosed and parents who are expecting medical problems in their infant will, in fact, have a perfectly healthy baby.

Before going for a 4D ultrasound, it is recommended that parents familiarize themselves with the process, what to expect from the scan as well as images that have been recorded of other babies in the womb.