Non-Diagnostic 3D 4D Ultrasound v. Medical 2D Diagnostic Ultrasound

In the previous blog, we were discussing the safety of ultrasound sonograms, the quality of ultrasound equipment, and the qualifications of sonographers. Assume that you have already booked an appointment with a licensed technician, and the studio is using advanced 3d 4d ultrasound equipment.

Can pregnant women trust a sonographer in 3d imaging center with their health?

Some people would say that a technician who performs a session for non-diagnostic purposes would not reflect on the condition of a pregnant woman. They say that a technician would only pay attention to the quality of images and videos while performing a session. Those critics need to understand how the session is performed.

Some techniques a technician will use to render 3d images.

During their pregnancies, women naturally have experienced physical changes in their bodies. Some of them might gain extra weight, the others would suffer dehydration if they don’t consume an adequate amount of liquid. Those conditions create additional obstacles for the sonographers to obtain clear ultrasound images. The beam of the machine via a special obstetrical probe or transducer has to penetrate the body’s extra fat tissues. That could lead to poor quality of the images. One way to get around that problem is to apply some extra pressure on the stomach of a pregnant woman, which could be painful. That is why every experienced sonographer would always inquire from a patient how she feels at every moment during a time of rendering images.

Medical diagnostic 2d ultrasound appointments environment.

During a diagnostic medical ultrasound session a sonographer less concerns how a woman feels during the appointment. The main goal here would be taking some important measurements of the baby’s organs as quickly as possible. That is especially true during the first trimester of the pregnancy when the fetus is under 13 weeks of development. At that time, every baby’s movement would make a technician re-set a starting point to continue the measurements. Women also tend to bear with any unpleasant feelings and cooperate during a medical ultrasound because they believe it relates to their babies’ health.

Non-diagnostic 2d, 3d, 4d ultrasound session’s environment.

During a non-diagnostic session, and 3d 4d ultrasound session in particular, pregnant women experience a very different environment. Instead of being calm and speechless, the women expect to enjoy themselves while viewing their babies, often on a big-screen TV. Most of the time, women feel in command during ultrasound sessions for non-diagnostics purposes.

Some false facts regarding 3d 4d ultrasound sessions.  

In some blogs, we could find the following information. “If they [sonographers] see something they are uncomfortable with, they may not be prepared to provide you with information, support, or follow-up. In those cases, you may need to go to your doctor for another ultrasound. This can result in unnecessary anxiety and concern.”
That is strange reading because ultrasound technicians in doctors’ offices aren’t allowed to talk to patients regarding the procedure at all. That is entirely different from the environment during taken 3d keepsakes. Moms-to-be and also dads-to-be will try to use all time during the session to ask questions about everything that they see on the screens during the sessions.

Treatment rooms in commercial non-diagnostic imaging centers are usually spacious and would accommodate many people as an opposite to a treatment room in a doctor’s office. As a result, any member of a family attending an ultrasound session is allowed to ask some questions. Experienced sonographers have completed hundreds and even thousands of 2d and 3d sonograms during their practice. They are licensed and competent to answer questions during the scanning session. However, it is essential to understand the purpose of 3d sonograms. The objective is to see the babies before they are born. Every pregnant woman is supposed to be under the medical care of the professionals.

In some unfortunate cases, when a fetus has some abnormalities, sonographers, generally, would advise a woman to go to her doctor for a re-check. The fact that a technician detected some abnormalities and made a notice of it should only benefit a woman.

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