An ultrasound scan makes use of sound waves to produce pictures of the baby on a screen or monitor. Because this involves bouncing the sound waves off internal objects to produce an image, it is considered safe.
Fetal ultrasound pregnancy scans are performed at eight to 12 weeks of pregnancy to determine the actual due date by viewing the fetus and its size. At 10-13 weeks it is used to check the development of the brain and spinal cord and at 16-20 weeks to check baby’s size, growth and the likelihood of birth defects. In the final weeks of pregnancy it is used to check the amount of amniotic fluid and the baby’s overall well-being and development.
Using 2D ultrasound, the sonographer can view different layers of the baby, from the outer extremities to the internal organs. This technology is used when performing a 20 week diagnostic ultrasound. During a 3D/4D ultrasound, only the outside of the baby can be seen. A 3D ultrasound scan can help in diagnosing certain conditions (such as a cleft lip) that may not be visible with 2D technology.
The best time for a 2D ultrasound scan is around 20 weeks.
A private 2D pregnancy ultrasound scan in the UK will last around one hour and cost around £180 to £250.
For a comparison of 2D, 4D and 3D ultrasound pregnancy scans, take a look at the GE Medical Systems web site, one of the companies which has developed these advances in ultrasound technology.
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