A 3D ultrasound creates a detailed image of your reproductive system, so it’s the perfect tool for monitoring your pregnancy or for diagnosing reproductive system issues like cysts and fibroids. Cary OB/GYN in Morrisville and Cary, North Carolina, offers on-site 3D ultrasound along with all the other state-of-the-art technology needed for the best in obstetrics and gynecologic care. Contact us today to schedule your appointment at the office nearest you.
3D Ultrasound Q & A
What is an ultrasound used for?
An ultrasound, which generates a detailed image of your abdomen or pelvis, is done for a few different reasons. The most common reasons for ultrasounds include:
- Verifying pregnancy
- Checking on your baby’s development
- Evaluating your uterus, ovaries, or other parts of your reproductive system
Your OB/GYN may also use ultrasound as visual guidance for some types of testing or treatment.
When will I have pregnancy ultrasounds?
You’ll have a 3D ultrasound during your first pregnancy visit at Cary OB/GYN. You’ll get to hear your baby’s heartbeat for the first time, and you’ll get a due date as well.
Most women have their next ultrasound at about 20 weeks gestation. This particular 3D ultrasound is an especially exciting one for expectant moms because it’s an opportunity to see your baby’s face in detailed photographs. Also, the ultrasound at 20 weeks is typically an opportunity to find out the sex of your baby (unless you want to be surprised, of course)!
Depending on your situation, you may need additional ultrasounds during your pregnancy. Some women need a third-trimester ultrasound, but it’s usually reserved for high-risk pregnancies at that stage.
How are 2D and 3D ultrasounds different?
Although both 2D and 3D ultrasounds make a picture using sound waves, a 2D ultrasound reveals a side view while a 3D ultrasound combines a number of 2D images to make a realistic looking image that’s similar to an actual photo.
3D ultrasounds are especially helpful in seeing certain things that are difficult to view on a 2D ultrasound, for example, cleft lip.
How do I prepare for my 3D ultrasound?
Your Cary OB/GYN care provider will let you know about any special preparations needed for your 3D ultrasound. In most ultrasounds, including early pregnancy ones, a full bladder is important because it allows your sonographer to view your abdomen or pelvis more clearly.
Have a couple of glasses of water about 30-60 minutes before your appointment. Don’t drink so much that you feel uncomfortable, though! As long as you arrive with a full bladder, you should have a smooth and successful 3D ultrasound procedure.
Contact us today to schedule your appointment at the office nearest you.