"Advances in 3D and 4D ultrasound technology now offer capabilities ranging from better visualization of congenital birth defects to dynamic, multiplanar views of the fetal heart.
Along with advances on the research front, the growing availability of 3D and 4D ultrasound technology has also increased public access to these ultrasound services—increasing the potential for safety risks to both mothers and their fetuses, expert say.
The mainstream press has been filled with reports of the latest trend for expectant parents—“ultrasound parties,” where a technologist performs ultrasound in the home and 3D and 4D images are immediately shared with friends and family in a celebratory environment. Party attendees view still 3D ultrasound images of the fetus and 4D ultrasound images that appear to show fetal movement in real time."
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