3D Ultra Sound in South Africa


From the time she misses her menses, and started having morning sickness to a period of nine months, a woman is preoccupied with ideas and fantasies about the morphological features of what she has conceived. Some wish the sex of the baby while some are perpetually asking themselves whether the child will be normal or not.

The attend antenatal clinic wishing that somebody may have that supernatural eye to see in utero and reassure them. The only modality available till the beginning of the year 2000 was a 2 dimensional sonar scan. It also had its own limitations. In A 2D scan no clinician can have a near 100% surety as the scan only give him information as one section in two dimensions only. The mother having no knowledge about scanners can hardly understand the picture yet she is yearning in desire to be told more about the baby that the pregnancy itself.

Which everlasting advances and developments in technology, the myths is ultimately unraveled. For the first time in history, pregnant women can enjoy the pleasure of being pregnant. They can partake fully in the care of their unborn babies. Even the commonly passive fathers can see the morphology of the babies long before birth and gain courage in accompanying their better halves whenever they go for antenatal check-ups.

This panoramic view of the babe’s anatomy is made possible by the invention of a thee dimensional ultrasound by Kretztechnics in Austria. The invention of three dimensional sonar is described is the ultimate in technology in the new millenium

The diagnostic modality and efficiency of imaging technique of the three dimensional sonar (ultra-sound),is the ever-waited the facility which has just been acquired for use in pregnancy and other related conditions in Pretoria. A hospital situated between Paul Kruger square and Nelson Mandela street in the middle of Schoeman street has made a break through in the downs of the new millenium by acquiring a 3d ultrasound.

Our Practice is general, heart and maternity hospital, which has been dedicated to service excellence in health care provision for the past two decades. They are the first to have this facility which is one of the two in the Sub-Sahara. It is situated at 412 Schoeman Street between Nelson Mandela and Du Toit.Tel: Street (012) 317 6700 and 322 2445. It has acquired an ultimate in mother and baby care and for the first time mother to be can see their babies features in 3 dimensions as of they are having a photo in hand.
The use of 3D ultrasound in the care of both pregnant and gynecological patient has improved the ability of the clinicians to detect the morphology of the organs that are not accessible human eye and hand.
The ultrasound is presently the ultimate in ultrasound technology and it is the world’s only real time 3 dimensional sonar.

It has many purposes and advantages to both the patient and the doctor. An advantage to the layman is that the images are in a 3D, which enables the patient to clearly understand what the examination is all about. This 3D technology has gained much popularity and added more efficiency in maternity and pregnancy care.

The surface feature of the baby in the womb can be visualized just like in a Polaroid photo. This leads to the pregnant lady feel and appreciate the value of being pregnant and invariably develops strong bonding with the child even before the child is born. The normality and abnormality of the baby can be excluded or detected during the antenatal period and the couple is reassured of the morphological of the baby they are expecting.

This new sonar is not only confined to gynecological use but also other specialties like heart, liver, abdomen and renal fields will gain more information by utilizing the various modes present in it.
The presence of the sonar in Pretoria will definitely improve the level and quality of care without compromising of dedication to improve with science as it evolves.

The ultrasound is a non-invasive multimode patient friendly computer aided VOLUSON 530 D model. It has both 2D and 3D rendered modes on a crystal clear super VGA monitor. The Cardiac, Angio, Surface, Nitche and Multiplanar modes makes in easier for both clinicians and patients to have a spatial orientation of the images in a three dimensional plane.