A Closer Look at Revolutionary 5D Ultrasounds
5D ultrasounds are part of the diagnostic techniques developed by obstetricians to evaluate several aspects of the physical conditions and general health of a fetus. To achieve this goal, doctors use an electro-medical device. It works with high-frequency sound waves that pass through four angles and create a sequence of images.
Although this diagnostic medical tool was created for medical purposes, it has allowed parents to develop more secure feelings of love for their future child. This is because the ultrasound provides a closer look at their child’s physical features before the delivery date.
Above all, this is a common reason future parents frequently ask their doctors to perform a 5D ultrasound. That way, they’ll have what will be their first portrait of the child.
What is 5D ultrasound?
The 5D ultrasound represents the latest advance in image diagnosis of the fetus during gestation. In fact, it’s quite similar to 4D ultrasound. The only difference is that with the 5D, you can obtain sharper and better resolution images. This gives an almost exact appearance of the baby’s facial and other physical features.
Although 4D ultrasound is quite accurate and helps the obstetrician accurately diagnose the fetus’s condition, the quality of the image excites the future parents. They’re always more than eager to know what their future child will look like.
On the other hand, with the sharpness of the images provided by 5D ultrasounds, possible immunological abnormalities can be detected quicker. It’s also possible to evaluate data as accurate as the baby’s blood flow through the color Doppler.
What is the best time to do a 5D ultrasound?
Specialists recommend performing a 5D ultrasound from the third trimester of pregnancy, precisely between 24 and 30 weeks. During this time, you’ll get a more accurate image of the baby.
This technique isn’t invasive and doesn’t cause side effects to either the mother or the fetus, and can recur at different stages of pregnancy:
- In the first trimester, from week 10 to 13 to observe the uterine environment of the fetus.
- Between week 12 and 20, to observe the baby’s entire body in a single image, even if the facial details aren’t detected.
- From week 24 to 26, for cases of multiple pregnancies (twins).
- At week 32, to observe the position of the baby on the day before delivery.
Many mothers also wonder if they should go through some kind of special preparation for the 5D ultrasound so that the observation of the fetus is optimal. In that sense, the future mother may think that if she eats something sweet hours before the procedure, the baby will be more active.
“With the sharpness of the images provided by 5D ultrasounds, possible immunological abnormalities can be detected quicker.”
How much do 5D ultrasounds cost?
The estimated prices of 5D ultrasounds vary depending on the country and medical center where the ultrasound is performed. Approximately, the prices are 50-60 euros in Spain, 690-790 pesos in Argentina, 60 pesos in Chile, or 700-1000 pesos in Mexico.
Is the 5D ultrasound worth doing?
This question can be answered based on the specific needs of the patient. The 5D test is analogous to 4D, meaning there is no great difference between the two. The obstetrician can make a full observation of the fetus either way. Therefore, in medical matters, there is no greater difference and the obstetrician can make a full diagnosis.
The choice will depend more on the parents, especially if they wish to have a clearer image of their child. However, if they have a small budget, 4D ultrasound is a good option as well.
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