That first glimpse of your new baby is a memory cherished by all parents, and Ultrasound is the technology that makes it possible. A type of imaging that harnesses high-frequency sound waves to view organs and structures inside the body1, ultrasound was invented by Obstetrician Ian Donald and engineer Tom Brown in the 1950s – but has progressed in leaps and bounds since then.
There are many benefits of Ultrasound technology; it is non-invasive, doesn’t rely on ionizing radiation (which can be harmful), plus it’s interactive, giving your physician free range to capture images from multiple angles.2 The advent of 2D Ultrasound introduced the concept of gender reveals – allowing mothers and fathers to determine the sex of the child starting at around 14 weeks.3 After this development, 3D imaging produced images that were a bit clearer, and 4D followed with real-time movement. These technologies are also able to pinpoint gestational age, determine the location of the fetus, check for the number of fetuses, and tell the location of the placenta in relation to the cervix.
Samsung Electronics America, Ltd., purveyor of cutting-edge electronics across all categories, broke boundaries when they introduced the Samsung WS80A with Elite performance package.4 Aside from just viewing the child, the most important aspect of standard Ultrasound scanning is to verify that a pregnancy and child’s development are progressing at a normal pace. This technology can be beneficial in detecting the presence of abnormalities.5
According to Doug Ryan, Group Vice President for Health and Medical Equipment at Samsung Electronics America, their newest device delivers unparalleled image quality, and delivers diagnoses that are fast, easy, and accurate for both sonogram technicians and patients.
One abnormality that 5D Ultrasound is especially adept at detecting is congenital heart disease, which is considered the leading organ-specific defect in children.6 State-of-the-art 5D Ultrasound features Fetal Intelligent Navigation Echocardiography (FINE), which can generate fetal cardiac views from nine angles in one single template. This shortens exam duration and produces extensive data about the state of a fetus’ cardiac health.4
This new model also allows for a clear view of the fetal brain, including images of the cerebellum and posterior fossa (the small space in the skull near the brain stem and cerebellum).
Another use for pelvic ultrasounds are an examination of follicle size for infertility evaluation, or to indicate the status of follicle fluid and eggs from ovaries for the process of in vitro fertilization.8 The 5D machines successfully identify and measure multiple ovarian follicles simultaneously.4 Mothers who opt for 5D Ultrasound will also enjoy unprecedented comfort and ease.7 In many cases, a large LCD screen is used for viewing the fetus, allowing for vibrant color pictures.
Led by board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist, Dr. Nisseth Urribarri-Clark, Unique Wellness Center is one cutting-edge facility offering high-quality sonograms, including 5D high-definition results. With a focus on workflow and automation, these new devices speed up the process for you and your sonographer, meaning you’ll also benefit from an added convenience. To find out more about this technology, or to schedule an appointment, call 954-368-9656.