4D scanning is the best opportunity to really see, and bond with your baby, before it is born. We use advanced imaging technology to turn a conventional ultrasound into a real 3D image of your baby, which you can see, in real time (4D), moving around your womb, giving you a glimpse of your baby’s personality, as well as their face.
As part of your NHS treatment you will receive ultrasound scans during your pregnancy, at 12 weeks and 20 weeks. From the NHS point of view, these are purely diagnostic scans, to ensure your baby is developing correctly, but from the parents’ point of view, they hold far more emotional significance, they are the moment you are able to see your baby for the first time. The NHS recognise this, and even let you pay for a photo during these scans.
However, the scanning equipment used by the NHS is designed only for diagnostic purposes, it does not have this important emotional connection with your baby in mind. You can only see a 2D cross section of your baby, including their bone structure, and maybe a faint outline of their features.
Our equipment is able to perform all the same diagnostic functions, which allows us to perform a full peace-of-mind, wellbeing scan with every visit, as well as a gender confirmation scan if you wish. But our scanning technology has been further developed to enhance the emotional, bonding experience of really meeting your baby for the first time. Advanced 3D imaging software, called iLive, intelligently creates light and shadow, and realistic skin tones, to enable you to see a fully fleshed out 3D picture of your baby.
And because it all happens in real time, where you are able to watch your baby move, yawn, suck their thumb and sometimes even smile, it is known as a 4D scan – the 4th dimension refers to the real time movement.
We are able to capture these images and movement for you on a range of photos and video options, which you can share with your friends and family, and even show to the baby one day.
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