TIFTON, GA (WALB) - Expecting parents can get super-detailed images of their unborn baby, using 4D ultrasound technology.
Shannon Price, M.D. with Affinity Physicians for Women, is using that technology to produce amazing images of babies who are still in the womb.
"The 4D ultrasound allows parents to take a sneak peek of their baby's first movements inside the womb," said Dr. Price, a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist. "You can actually see what the baby is going to look like before he or she is even born. You can also view the heart beating and perhaps catch the baby yawning or stretching."
An ultrasound is the machine that allows expecting parents to see their baby during the mother's pregnancy. A sonogram is a still picture taken of the baby during the ultrasound.
The 4D ultrasound takes 3D ultrasound images, or 3D sonograms, and adds the element of time to the process. This results in live action images of the baby, similar to a video.
Dr. Price said 4D ultrasound is considered an elective imaging procedure, serving as a compliment to traditional ultrasound. Not all insurance carriers cover the service. "We have an affordable package for those who have to pay out-of-pocket," said Dr. Price. She recommends that parents schedule their 4D experience between 28 and 30 weeks to obtain the best images.
Affinity Physicians for Women is located at the Cypress Pointe Professional Park in Tifton, adjacent to Tift County High School. The address is 39 Kent Road, Suite 1.
(With information from Tift Regional)