Life Scan Studio uses 2D, 3D, 4D & 5D / HD Ultrasound to allow you and your family to experience the sights, sounds, and movements of your baby as he or she kicks, smiles, turns or yawns. This experience is dedicated solely for the purpose of promoting bonding between you, your family and your baby. This is an incredible opportunity to see your baby in real life 3D, 4D and 5D / HD imageswith keepsake photos and videos we guarantee you will cherish for a lifetime!
At Life Scan Studio, we recognize that many medical institutions may not offer 3D, 4D and 5D / HD ultrasound technology, or have the time in their diagnostic schedules to do what we can in an elective session. Our services should not be used to replace regular prenatal care provided by a physician. Elective services should never be used as a substitute for your very important diagnostic ultrasound exam but instead, as an unbelievable way to compliment it. Therefore, we insist that you are actively undergoing prenatal care and have undergone a medical ultrasound exam prior to visiting us for your elective session.
What Exactly is an Ultrasound?
An ultrasound is a procedure, which is otherwise known as a scan or sonar. This involves high frequency sound waves transmitted through the body and then picked up on a screen.
During pregnancy, a device known as a transducer is used to move along the mother’s abdomen and this sends sound waves via her abdomen and through her uterus. These sound waves bounce off the baby in the form of echoes. A computer picks up the echo messages and translates them onto a screen. As the baby moves and kicks, images can be seen on screen of the ultrasound. These sound waves are very high in pitch and intensity and cannot be heard by the human ear.
Ultrasounds are a painless and a non invasive procedure. However, as you may need to have a full bladder if you are in the early stages of your pregnancy, it can be a little uncomfortable.
Are 2D ultrasounds safe?
Many parents worry about the safety of pregnancy ultrasounds. However, ultrasounds have been used during pregnancy for over 30 years, and to date there is no evidence that they harm either the mother or her baby. Because ultrasound relies on sound waves and not radiation, like X-rays do, they are much less risky.
What exactly is a 2D ultrasound?
A 2D ultrasound is the standard procedure used during obstetric ultrasound. It is the one used to produce 2 dimensional images of what is happening inside the mothers and baby’s body. Generally, all pregnancy ultrasounds are still done using 2D technology. A baby’s gestation, growth, heartbeat, development and size can all be seen clearly using 2D ultrasound. The position of the placenta, cord and lie/position of the baby can also be clearly seen.
The images from a 2d ultrasound tend to be in black and white and have the same level of detail as a photographic negative. Depending on how the baby is lying and their position in the uterus, different images will be seen.
It really is a matter of luck if the baby is awake and active or having a little sleep when the ultrasound is being done. Some mothers choose to have a sweet or cold drink before the procedure or “poke” their tummy in an effort to stimulate their baby. Sometimes the images are very clear and it’s easy for parents to interpret the ultrasound images. At other times, this can be a little more difficult. But don’t worry; the sonographer can point out specific organs, features and details of the baby if you’re not sure. They can also freeze frame the images, take photos and label different body parts on the screen. With a little explanation, it can all be come a lot clearer.
When are 2D ultrasounds normally done?
At any stage during pregnancy. Some health care practitioners recommend 2D ultrasound very early in gestation to:
• Diagnose a pregnancy.
• Determine if one or more embryos are present.
• Check where the placenta is lying, especially in relation to the mother’s cervix.
• Determine if there are any physical abnormalities or birth defects.
• Estimate the period of gestation.