It’s amazing! It’s controversial! It’s spectacular! It’s a gimmick! It’s 4-D ultrasound–3-D with movement–and moms- and dads-to-be absolutely love it! You can check out a number of them on YouTube.
Apparently, the accuracy is so amazing, you’ll recognize your baby when it’s born. But for gathering medical information, some doctors say 4-D ultrasound adds little to what they already know from 2-D and 3-D ultrasound. According to the ABC-TV affiliate in Houston, TX, the controversy surrounding this imaging option is simply whether 4-D ultrasound is “a toy or medically necessary.” OB-GYN Dr. Joan Mastrobattista says the 4-D can find birth defects, like cleft lip, that the other scans don’t show. The technology is considered safe, although doctors recommend limiting the number of ultrasounds.
The price for a 4-D ultrasound is pretty reasonable. I found packages ranging from $159 to $199. If you decide to give a 4-D ultrasound as a baby gift, make sure you choose a reputable imaging center or medical institution where the power settings on the machines are monitored.
When you’re talking about a new baby, you can be sure there’ll be no shortage of photos and video–before and after the baby is born. That’s why Corner Stork Baby Gifts has a tremendous selection of photo frames–one of the most popular baby gift ideas around. Mom and Dad can keep track of baby’s first year with the “My First Year” Personalized Silver Photo Frame. And of course, there will be so many other photos taken along the way, an adorable photo album is always a welcome baby gift. Whether it’s 4-D ultrasound, photos or videos, one thing is sure–that precious little baby is the image of perfection!