The 2D ultrasound, 2-dimensional black and white conventional ultrasound image is what most people recognize from their regular medical ultrasounds. The ultrasound image is created when sound waves, emitted from a special hand-held device, are transmitted into the body and reflected with varying intensity. The strength of these reflected signals or echoes are processed and displayed as varying shades of grey giving us our resulting 2D image.
At Baby in Sight we regularly utilize 2D imaging when doing a 4D ultrasound. You will frequently observe during your 4D session, the sonographer going into the 2D mode to first correctly place a volume box over the area of interest prior to launching into the 4D/volume mode. If the baby’s position and visibility is good, HD Live can then be activated resulting in the baby exhibiting a more natural skin tone. In addition, the HD Live mode enables the technologist to utilize a light source to highlight specific features such as the baby’s lips or nose.
2D ultrasound is often the preferred mode when determining gender for younger babies. While we still use both 2D and 4D imaging for gender determination sessions, sometimes the baby’s position can make it more difficult for the ultrasound technologist to visualize the genitalia of these small babies in 4D. Consequently, you may notice the technologist has a preference for the more conventional ultrasound image to ensure accurate assessment of gender.
We can also do entire sessions in 2D if preferred. We understand that not everyone wants to discover who their baby looks like until the magical day so just let us know your preference and we are happy to accommodate you. As with our 4D sessions, 2D black and white images can be preserved digitally as video or jpeg images and we can also provide you with high resolution, hard copy prints.
Call Us if you have any questions and/or would like to book an appointment. We are located in Markham, Ontario. If you aren’t familiar with the area, it’s only minutes from Toronto. You can get directions from our CONTACT page.