A 4D Ultrasound Scan uses the same technology as a 2D Ultrasound Scan but creates a 3D volume image of your baby. The added dimension is time. It means that during your Ultrasound Scan, you can see your baby moving around, kicking, yawning, or sticking the tongue out.
The earliest you can get a 4D image of your baby is 24 to 32 weeks. If you have twins, we recommend you have the Ultrasound Scan at 22-25 weeks.
- Your baby’s face.
- Your baby's movements in real-time
- Baby's development
- Baby's gender
- Any anomalies, such as cleft palate, cleft lip, or spinal cord issues
No, you don't need to do anything specific for this type of Ultrasound Scan. Wear a comfortable 2-piece outfit, so it is easier to expose your abdomen. You are allowed to eat and drink before your Ultrasound Scan.
No. It is a non-invasive method that uses no radiation. It is similar to regular 2D Ultrasound Scans and any other ultrasound which uses sound waves. Ultrasound machines collect these sound waves reflected off your bones and organs. Then the computer creates images of them and transmits them onto the monitor.
It might take longer than 20 minutes to have a pleasant view of your baby's face. If the baby is not in an acceptable position, you might be asked to eat or drink something or go for a walk to encourage the baby's movement.
What happens if a sonographer cannot get a clear image of the baby on the day of the Ultrasound Scan?
We will reschedule your appointment free of charge.
The 4D Ultrasound Scan is no different from routine 2D ultrasound. This Ultrasound Scan is performed transabdominally, never transvaginally. You will be asked to lie on your back with your tummy exposed. The sonographer will cover the examined area with ultrasound gel which guarantees smooth movement of the probe over the skin. An image of your baby will appear on the screen. You will get a 3D picture to take home with you.
Yes. The clear ultrasound gel is not toxic and is safe to use during your ultrasound scan. It does not stain or otherwise ruin your clothes. It has no spermicide and can be used for fertility cases without effect on sperm and conception.
The results are discussed verbally after your ultrasound and then sent to your email as a report on the same day.
A 4D Ultrasound Scan is optional. It is a fantastic way to bond with your baby before giving birth.
- baby's movement in real-time
- baby's features - face, eyes, nose, mouth
- abnormalities such as cleft lip
Yes. In that case, your appointment is also longer, which gives us time to examine all the babies properly.
A 5D Ultrasound Scan is essentially the same as a 4D Ultrasound Scan but is said to make high-resolution (clear and sharp) images of your baby. It uses the same technology as a 3D / 4D Ultrasound Scan.