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See your Unborn Baby In HD: New 3D/4D Ultrasound

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Anyone with a child remembers the first moment they were able to see their baby through the use of ultrasound technology, which has been in widespread use since the 1970’s. After all, who can deny the excitement of seeing one’s child for the first time?

Previously, this meant a grainy, black and white image that first-timers find confusing – in fact, parents often don’t know what they’re looking at until a doctor or technician interprets it. However, this has all changed with the advent of new imaging technology.

GE’s Voluson E8 imaging platform incorporates the full power of high definition (HD) imaging. The technology leveraged through this platform is delivered through the Voluson E8’s dynamic rendering engine technology called HDlive™.  HDlive accurately enhances your baby’s anatomical realism, provides real-world depth perception and can provide your first glimpse of what your baby looks like.

This new rendering technology reduces the “speckle” that can erode image quality sometimes found in traditional 2D and 3D ultrasound images.

The image clarity of HDlive™ 4D is always better than traditional ultrasound imaging but all ultrasound imaging is affected by factors such as baby positioning, placenta location, obstructions such as hand-in-front-of-the-face and similar phenomena that block visual acuity of the baby’s physical features.

Common Questions and Answers:

What is the difference between 2D, 3D, and 4D?

2D is a black and white still image.  3D is taking points from multi-dimensions and creating a still 3-dimensional image.  In 4D imaging, instead of showing just one 3D image after another, computers are now able to put together images so quickly that we can stream to you what your baby is doing live in the womb – hence, the 4th dimension (4D) is time.

What is the difference between this prenatal ultrasound and one referred to by my doctor?

You are choosing this ultrasound because you want to, not because you have to. Prenatal 3D/4D ultrasounds provide a positive bonding experience for the mother, father and family members with the unborn baby. No claims are made that a 3D/4D ultrasound, as used in this examination, is performed to better assess the baby for abnormalities.

A routine ultrasound examination should have already been performed to assess the gestational age of the fetus and to evaluate for fetal anomalies, as well as the basic components of fetal anatomy recommended for screening.

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