3-D/4-D color ultrasound
Manufactures are using 1.5D / 2D arrays and mechanically swiveled transducers
to produce 3-D sonograms. My current conception of 3-D ultrasound has a very
different approach. It is a third alternative. In fact, this is one of the new
techniques I am trying to develop.
When physicians completely understand the importance of 3-D sonography and
its tremendous advantages, it surely will become a standard. We must improve
research and cooperation between engineers and final users (sonologists,
radiologists, sonographers, etc.) to get the best results. This is just the
beginning of a new technology.
Many end 3-D ultrasound users aim their efforts at pleasing mothers by
offering them a 3-D view of their babies' sonograms. This is a waste of
technology, money and time. It makes people think of 3-D ultrasound as a "money
making technique". 3-D sonography is a very useful diagnostic technique. 3-D
sonograms must be used to solve medical diagnostic problems and improve the
This does not mean 3-D ultrasound is useless. It means they have not found a
better use for it yet and that there is much research to be done. That is why we
must support new technology and join our efforts to get better results. Here is
when new and useful medical uses for 3-D and 4-D ultrasound appear.