What is the difference between 2D, 3D, 4D, & HDLive Ultrasounds?

HDLive Ultrasounds

This is the newest and best in ultrasound technology currently available. Like 3D & 4D, you are able to see the features of the baby, but the images are much smoother, and incredibly detailed and true to life as compared to 3D images. The other groundbreaking technology in this view is a sort of "virtual flashlight" that can be used to enhance the images by moving it around until the image has the best "lighting" possible (even though it's virtual). See the video below for an example of the artificial light source in motion.

4D Ultrasounds

With this technology, you can see the motion of the baby. If your baby has a large, clear pocket of amniotic fluid around his face, is moving about and is developed enough, then we can get great clips of motion. The clips are typically less than a minute

3D Ultrasounds

Shows the tissue of the baby, which look more like a real picture. We can see the roundness of the baby's face, the shape of the nose, and the countours of the face (if the baby is in a position where it viewable and it's in view). The color in the images is not the actual color of the baby, it's computer enhanced to make the images a bit more appealing. We can show the baby in sepia, blue, green, or red.

2D Ultrasounds

These are the traditional Black & White ultrasounds that have been around for 20+ years that most people are familiar with. These are used mainly in determining gender, and they show the skeletal structure (outline) of the baby. You can also see the baby moving! This is the type of ultrasound your doctor uses for your DIAGNOSTIC ultrasound. It is still the best technology for gathering measurements of the baby and ensuring the baby is developing as expected.

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Differences Between Earlier and Later 3D, 4D, and HDLive Ultrasounds

When considering when to do your 3D 4D Ultrasound, you will get a different view of your baby depending on how far along you are. Note the drastic changes in just 13 weeks. But this particular baby still likes her hands by her face! When you get a 3D Ultrasound earlier, the baby is smaller and less developed. When you get a 3D Ultrasound later in the pregnancy, the baby is obviously more developed and looks more he or she will at birth. Both views are exciting for mom!

Get Your Baby to Move for a Gender, 3D, 4D, or HDLive Ultrasound

If you want to get your baby to move during a gender or 3D ultrasound, eat fruits that are high in sugar about 30 minutes to an hour before your ultrasound appointment. It's possible that the baby could be sleeping if you have not been tracking his/her sleeping patterns. The natural Fructose found in fruit can wake up your baby and get them moving when it's time for their close-up!

Drink Water Prior To Your 3D, 4D, and HDLive Ultrasound

Around one or two weeks prior to your 3D 4D Ultrasound appointment, it's best to drink more water than you might normally drink. With all that pressure on the bladder, you might think drinking more water is a recipe for more trips to the restroom. Honestly, it probably is, but you can see a vast difference in the quality of the 3D ultrasound images when the mother is drinking plenty of water. It's a stark difference - the amniotic fluid is much more clear than those mothers who may not be drinking as much water.