Expecting a baby is one of the most exciting experiences of your life, and being able to see your child with extraordinary clarity before they’re born is a magical moment. The highly experienced staff at Lagniappe Medical Clinic, with offices in Columbia, Blythewood, and West Columbia, South Carolina, has many years of experience using ultrasound technology to give expectant parents their first look at their baby, and now have both 3D and 4D ultrasounds available on-site. Call the clinic today to find out more, or book an appointment online.
Ultrasound, which is also known as sonography, is a way of generating images of internal organs and tissues using soundwaves.
An ultrasound machine emits sound waves at a frequency that human ears can’t detect. These sound waves bounce off the soft tissues as the wand, or transducer, passes over your skin, sending a signal back to a monitor screen. Your doctor or ultrasound technician then views the image on the monitor screen.
Ultrasound is best known for its role in checking on the fetus during pregnancy, where it helps to:
Ultrasound can also be used to examine other organs and soft tissues to aid diagnosis. It’s also useful as a treatment tool for soft-tissue injuries.
Ultrasound can be used internally as well as externally via a handheld probe, and there are different forms of imaging techniques, such as a Doppler ultrasound that shows how blood is flowing through your veins, and bone sonography for the diagnosis of osteoporosis.
At Lagniappe Medical Clinic, they use state-of-the-art 3D and 4D ultrasound that provides astonishingly clear images of your unborn baby. 3D ultrasound shows you a three-dimensional view of your baby, and 4D ultrasound is like having a video where you can watch your baby move and see a smile or a yawn.
3D and 4D ultrasounds offer benefits for your doctors because they can see problems, such as cleft palate, that may not be so clear on a regular ultrasound. 3D and 4D ultrasounds are also wonderful for parents, and Lagniappe Medical Clinic offers a range of 3D and 4D packages for expectant moms and dads.
Ultrasounds are not painful; the only thing you might feel is a sensation of pressure as your technician presses down in certain places to get a clear image on the screen. Ultrasounds are simple, safe procedures that usually take between 30 minutes and an hour.
Ultrasound is an extremely safe form of diagnostic testing because it doesn’t use any ionizing radiation, unlike X-rays and CT scans. Ultrasound is safe for your baby, too, and the staff at Lagniappe Medical Clinic follows strict safety guidelines when carrying out 3D and 4D scans. Call the clinic now to find out more, or book an appointment online.