Nine months can feel like an eternity before meeting a much-anticipated arrival. But with the latest technology, you may not have to wait too long.
Hunter Imaging Group is the local leader in radiology technology, providing fourth dimension ultrasounds to women during their third trimester of pregnancy. The group have recently invested in the best premium 3D/4D ultrasound equipment with advanced visualisation technology, and parents are leaping at the chance to meet their unborn babies.
The ultrasound technology is safe and non-invasive enabling parents to get a sneak preview of their baby in astonishing detail.
With 2D, 3D and 4D ultrasounds, sound waves from lots of angles are used to create an image of your baby in the womb. But with fourth dimension technology, the movement is also recorded. This means you receive film clips along with still images, and you may see your baby kicking, yawning, sucking their thumb or opening and closing their eyes.
Sonographer Rosie who works with the leading technology, says her job is the best in the world.
“What could be better than showing parents-to-be the first glimpse of their babies in the womb. I never get tired of seeing the looks on mums and dads faces - and their oohs and aahs are priceless,” she said.
“We now know that relationships with babies begin well before birth and parents-to-be are encouraged to interact with their babies – to talk, sing or play music as babies are attuned to familiar voices and sounds. Babies in utero also respond to light and touch along with emotions transmitted by the mother such as joy, stress, grief and surprise.
“4D imaging has given us incredible insight into the world of babies before they are born. We can now record babies movements such as opening and closing their eyes, yawning, hiccupping, sucking their thumbs and even smiling in the womb,” said Rosie.
“While I was pregnant, my mum was battling cancer, and we weren’t sure if she would get to meet her first grandchild. Mum came with me to the 4D scan. I’ll never forget that precious moment and the gift of sharing the video clips with her,” said mum-to-be Jessica.
For best results it is recommended that 4D scans are timed between 28 to 32 weeks gestation. The benefit of having a keepsake ultrasound performed in a medical setting, such as Hunter Imaging Group, is that while capturing the best possible photos and video footage, the person performing the ultrasound has undergone rigorous training that a certified ultrasound facility requires of its sonographers. This means that if a sonographer sees something they are uncomfortable with, they are experienced in providing information, support and follow-up with your treating (or caring) doctor.
Third-trimester scans are non-diagnostic, so you don’t need a referral from your doctor. Hunter Imaging Group offers 4D scans at Cardiff and East Maitland branches for $120. Gift Vouchers are also available – the perfect idea for parents-to-be! Visit www.hunterimaging.com.au for more information or call 132 336 to book.