When considering elective ultrasound imaging, you may come across various terms such as 2D, 4D, 5D, 8K, and HD Edit. It’s essential to understand these terms to make an informed decision. Let’s take a closer look.
Understanding 2D, 3D, and 4D Imaging
2D Imaging: This is the traditional black and white imaging often seen at your clinic. There are many different quality levels of this as well.
3D Imaging: 3D imaging is an outdated term reflecting a still image created by a panorama type effect stitching together a volume of 2D images, creating a still view of the baby’s face, in relatively low quality.
4D Imaging: 4D is the industry standard and includes time and movement, much like a video compared to still photography. However, the term 4D doesn’t reflect quality; it’s where things often get misunderstood.
We like to compare this to buying a new iPhone. Imagine if you paid $1,400.00 for the latest model, but the store sent you home with an iPhone 3. You’d be disappointed, right? In 4D imaging, this happens all too often. Here is how it breaks down:
- Level 1 4D: About 12-14 years old (similar to iPhone 3)
- Level 2 4D: About 6-8 years old (similar to iPhone 10)
- Level 3 4D: The most advanced imaging platform, exclusively offered by Enlightened 4D Imaging.
Debunking 5D, 8K, and HD Edit
5D Imaging: 5D is merely a marketing term and does not reflect higher quality imaging. There are no other dimensions used in active imaging. Anything that claims to be 5D usually offers Level 2 quality or worse, or they use CGI images that are not created by an ultrasound.
8K Imaging: Here, any level of ultrasound 1-3 can be uploaded to a third party, which uses computer-generated imaging (CGI) to create a new image that doesn’t represent your baby or your ultrasound. It’s like buying a picture frame with a pre-inserted image. We only offer it because others have tried to show 8K style images and imply that it is their ultrasound when it is not. We are clear about what it is and isn’t.
HD Edit: This term implies post-scan computer-edited images that alter the original ultrasound image to something far from reality. It’s essentially face swapping a different face into the image. Remember, you are paying for the ultrasound, not computer-rendered images after the fact.
Little Bellies: Uses Level 1 or 2 imaging. It’s hard to judge accurately because nothing they post is from their facility. It’s all stock imaging and CGI-edited images from the Florida franchise. We’re giving them the benefit of the doubt. (See our Little Bellies comparison.)
Before Birth: Utilizes Level 1 & 2 machines that provide varying levels of quality with older technology and higher pricing. They do not digitally edit images, so that’s a plus. See our Before Birth comparison.
Peek a Boo Baby: Uses a limited Level 2 imaging system done by a laptop. They heavily rely on CGI imaging called “HD Edit” after the ultrasound is over. See our Peek a Boo Baby comparison.
Understanding these imaging terms and levels is critical when choosing an ultrasound facility. At Enlightened 4D Imaging, we strive to provide the highest level of service, quality, and transparency. We believe that you deserve an accurate representation of your baby, not a computer-generated image.
We exclusively offer Level 3 4D imaging, the most advanced imaging platform in the industry, and we have the images to prove it. We don’t alter or enhance your images through post-scan editing, so what you see is a genuine representation of your beautiful baby.
When selecting a facility for your baby’s imaging, make sure you know what you’re paying for. Be aware of places using technical jargon and misleading marketing tactics, and always ask questions if you’re unsure.
Remember, in this industry, not all imaging is created equal. Choose a facility like Enlightened 4D Imaging that is committed to providing accurate, high-quality images, and doesn’t compromise on the authenticity of your precious baby’s first pictures.