3D Ultrasounds Bring the Womb to Life!
It’s been more than 13 years, but I recall vividly the day we took the boys to my ultrasound to learn if we were having a boy or a girl. Zac was the most excited. He wanted a baby sister with all his heart. He was giddy that day and dressed up in his best clothes.
At the ultrasound, we all waited with eager anticipation as the wand glided across my gel covered belly. Then, the technician announced, “It’s a girl!” We all watched in amazement as the baby kicked, moved her tiny hands and arms. We were happy.
On the way home, Zac said nothing, which was unusual on its own. The kiddo was a talker! In fact, he flat out didn’t say anything that evening at all. He wasn’t really wanting to be part of our family and share in the exciting news.
The next afternoon, Zac came to me and asked if we could talk. He broke down in tears, crying that his sister looked like “Skeletor”. He wanted nothing to do with her.
Little did we know a couple of years later, we’d have 3D technology and now 4D technology for ultra-sounds available at affordable cost. 3D ultrasound was patented by Olaf von Ramm and Stephen Smith at Duke University, the year I graduated high school, in 1987. 4D fetal ultrasounds are similar to 3D scans, with the difference associated with time: 4D allows a 3-dimensional picture in real-time, and not delayed, due to the lag associated with the computer constructed image, as in classic 3-dimensional ultrasound.
Ideally, the best time to get a 3D or 4D ultrasound is between 26 and 30 weeks of gestation, though most 3d imaging centers advise customers to come in between 26 and 28 weeks to get the best images.
The photos in this post are 3d foetal photos Adelaide; aren’t they just amazing?!
It would have been our choice back then, to give us a full glimpse of our bundle of joy and help our child not be tormented by the thought his mom was giving birth to Skeletor!