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A peek inside: 3D sonography gives family a clear view of unborn baby

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By Jessie Wagoner

Little hands clasped together, tiny wiggling toes and an adorable little face show clearly in images from Aleasha Allen’s 3D sonogram performed at McPherson Center for Health. The images are of her unborn baby boy, Silas.

Silas isn’t due to arrive until the end of December, but thanks to 3D sonography, his family was able to get a sneak peek of what he looks like. The technology offers unique depth of color, facial features and more. While this is Allen’s third pregnancy and she has had sonograms in the past, they weren’t quite like this.

“I had ultrasounds with the other kids, but they were regular 2D ultrasound. This was much more detailed,” Allen said. “I would have done it before, but this is the first time it was offered.”

McPherson Center for Health recently began providing the service to expectant mothers. When Allen was pregnant with her oldest child, 16 years ago, she had a video of her sonogram on VHS tape. Her second child was born 12 year ago and she also got a video, this time on DVD.

“Technology has come a long way since my first pregnancy,” Allen said. “3D sonograms are a fairly new service here and it was pretty cool.”

3D sonograms last approximately 45 minutes and the cost is $125, due at the time of exam. Families leave with up to 10 printed images and 20 saved images on a USB drive. The certified sonographers will give every attempt, given the position of the baby, to get the highest quality images possible. The day of Allen’s sonogram, baby Silas was being quite cooperative and Allen ended up with a large number of high quality images.

McPherson Center for Health recommends 3D sonograms be performed between 28 and 32 weeks of pregnancy to obtain the best images.

“It was nice to have it done because it kind of breaks up the space in between the other sonograms,” Allen said. “If anyone is considering having it done, I would recommend it. Our images are great.”

To schedule a 3D sonogram or ask questions, contact McPherson Center for Health Ultrasound Department at 620-241-2250, ext. 211.