December 2, 2005
For parents-to-be, an ultrasound means getting a first peek at your baby and now with 3-D ultrasounds, parents and doctors can see clearer, crisper images.
Jennifer Dove isn't due to have her first baby until Christmas Eve, but thanks to a 3-D ultrasound, she already knows it's a girl and she looks like daddy.
"I was like 'oh she has her daddy's nose,'" said Dove who's 37-weeks pregnant.
Although the grainer 2-D ultrasounds are still used, 3-D delivers a higher quality picture regardless of how far along the patient is. Doctors can even rotate the image to view all angles.
"You can clearly see [their] eyes, [their] nose, their head, mouth, everything, hands, versus the 2-D [where] it's a little fuzzy where you have to really look," said Dove.
Currently, The Prenatal Diagnosis Center which is part of the Martha Jefferson Network is one of the few local offices using 3-D ultrasounds free of charge. Doctors there say it's an excellent tool in quickly spotting abnormalities that could otherwise be overlooked.
"After the mother leaves, if you need to [you can] look at the baby slice by slice," said Dr. Siva Thiagarajah of the Prenatal Diagnosis Center.
The extra detail is especially helpful for high risk patients like Jennifer who's a diabetic. She takes comfort in having such top-notch care so close to home and that make it much easier to focus on the big day.
She said, "I'm ready."
3-D has been our in our area about two years now, still some doctors are slow to get the machines because they don't have anyone trained to use them.