3d Sonogram

The – Having 3D Ultrasounds

By: - Disease & Illness - June 1, 2011
3d sonogram

The 3D sonogram is a procedure that many pregnant women are familiar with as they all at some point have to go in for 3D ultrasounds.  These enable doctors to see how their fetuses are doing, measure the fluids around the fetuses and diagnose any problems that might be occurring as the fetuses are developing within their mother’s wombs.

They are especially helpful when monitoring any potential deformities or health issues that the baby and the mother might experience during the pregnancy, labor and after the baby has been born.  If the mother has some illnesses, has to take medications or has a genetic disposition towards certain disorders, conditions or diseases, the 3D sonogram helps ensure that any issues are found and can be dealt with sometimes whilst the baby is still developing.  In the case of heart issues, sometimes surgery can be performed on the baby whilst it is still within the womb.  If the mother has an addiction, special treatments can be monitored to ensure that the baby does not have any ill effects.

3D ultrasounds can also determine the sex and the number of babies within a womb.  If a mother has suffered trauma or been in an accident, these allow doctors to see if the baby is still healthy or in need of help.  If there are issues arising regarding the activity of the baby, these scans can help determine if the baby is still alive, has all of its organs and needed items, and if there is a necessity to end the pregnancy as the quality of life of the baby to be born would be so greatly diminished that survival would be close to impossible.  Sometimes, if a mother has miscarried, these scan can determine if the entirety of the fetus and the placenta have been lost, if there are pieces left behind, if infection has set in or if there is any continued bleeding.

Sometimes a 3D sonogram is used to look for abnormal growths or cell changes in the abdomen of a man or woman.  These can help in determining if there are cysts, cancerous tumors or if injuries have been sustained.  Other uses for 3D ultrasounds include determining pain sources and taking more detailed looks at varied organs and body parts.  As such, these can help doctors make easier diagnoses and help treat patients or even show that any previous problems no longer exist.

Photo: 3D ultrasound equipment looking at a person’s bladder – copyright 2011, Etan J. Tal – reproduced under Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike License 3.0 Unported