At Lakeshore Women’s Specialists, PC, the providers offer ultrasounds and many other diagnostic tools to better serve their patients’ needs. The providers serve the residents of Mooresville, Davidson, Huntersville and Lake Norman, North Carolina.

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What is an Ultrasound?

Ultrasounds are state of the art diagnostic tools that use sound waves to provide images doctors can use to determine any potential health risks that may be present while the child is still in utero. 3-D and 4-D images can show the doctor three-dimensional images of the uterus, the child, and the child’s internal organs. Doctors are able to identify potential defects and even make corrections while the child is still in the womb. Ultrasounds are commonly used to allow the parents to see their child and begin the bonding process much earlier than ever before. Ultrasounds can also identify the gender of the child for parents interested in finding out before the child is born.

Why are 4-D Ultrasounds Used?

Unlike a 3-D Ultrasound that provides three-dimensional images, 4-D ultrasounds can show movement in real time. The 4-D imagery is capable of capturing the child’s movements, allowing doctors the ability to watch the child move, its heartbeat and various other activities that can provide the doctor with invaluable information, especially if there is a particular situation that needs to be immediately addressed. The doctor can even use ultrasound technology to perform surgery on the infant while he or she is still in the womb. The highly detailed images produced by a 4-D machine can show doctors exactly where a problem is and guide them as they work through the procedure.

What are the Benefits of an Ultrasound Procedure?

Ultrasounds offer the ability to see inside the womb long before the actual birth. Not only does it allow the future parents to see their child and watch the child grow, ultrasounds provide doctors with invaluable information that may be able to identify potential problems as well as offer viable solutions to correct the situation. 4-D ultrasounds are available that allow doctors to watch the fetus move, showing doctors that the fetus is healthy and capable of specific types of movements and interactions. Ultrasounds can also identify the gender of the fetus allowing the parents to get a head start on planning and family notifications.