Some of the newest technologies being unveiled in recent years sound long ahead of their time. From 3D printing to 3D ultrasound, the world has broken open for a new future.
While the video of a fetus in utero sucking his or her thumb, and waving at the camera was long valued effects of the traditional ultrasound, they lacked depth. Even the best efforts to ensure a healthy baby were sometimes surprisingly ineffective. Surprises both good and not-so-good would occur at the time of birth.
At View a Miracle, the newest tool cuts the unwanted surprises while giving parents-to-be an invaluable and priceless experience to get to know their baby long before they are born. It is reassuring to see the 3D imaging while it also provides cool pictures to add to a baby’s scrapbook.
Drawbacks And Warnings
The drawback to a 3D ultrasound for fetal scanning is that FDA has not approved the keepsake images parents love so much. Here is why.
Ultrasound is as the process suggests, re-creating an image by bouncing sound off of the body of the fetus. For 3d scanning purposes, there is a bit of heat produced that could potentially harm the tissues of the fetus or the womb. It could also create pockets of gas, which can be uncomfortable for mother or baby.
The sounds might be very unpleasant to the unborn fetus as well. Given the size of the transducer and the degree of the sound waves it emits to get a picture of the fetus it could be perceived as extremely loud to a fetus.
While the issues of not locating problems prior to birth used to be a problem, new issues arise with 3D scanning. It turns out that not everything that the ultrasounds now find are worth reporting. In fact, things such as harmless cysts might be revealed to an expectant mother.
The problem is that it could produce excessive and unnecessary worry in the mother-to-be also. So, what would have gone unnoticed and therefore, unmentioned in years prior is now being tossed unnecessarily into the mother’s and father’s lap.
Never drink caffeine while pregnant, even if the 3D technician says it will help get a better picture because the fetus will be hyped up and active.
There are some other differences between the older ultrasounds and the 3D variety. It is now advised that you may expel urine and just drink 32 ounces of water prior to the appointment.
Many hospitals and obstetrics offices are already offering the 3D variety of ultrasound as a standard service. Others are still relying on the old gold standard until more information is known about the new equipment.
There are potential risks and warnings that are stated by FDA and supported as well by Health Canada, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and even the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine.
Take some care and caution in deciding whether to go ahead with a fetal ultrasound in 3D. There are risks as well as inherent rewards.