If you’ve never used 3D ultrasound yourself, you might recognize it from its use in obstetrics. This technology is responsible for offering physicians and expectant parents with fetal images which are far more lifelike than traditional sonograms.
Yet the benefits of 3D ultrasound extend well beyond pregnancy. Indeed, a growing body of evidence suggests that this approach can be a helpful advancement from standard ultrasound and, oftentimes, enhance the physician’s ability to accurately diagnose specific gynecological concerns. The advantages of adding 3D ultrasound include:
Diagnosing congenital anomalies. Almost 19 percent of women prone to recurrent miscarriages in 1 study had congenital uterine anomalies. Compared with traditional transvaginal ultrasonography — that identifies about 63 to 84 percent of those anomalies — 3D ultrasound (also known as ‘echographie 3d‘ in the French language) can diagnose them with 88 to 100 percent accuracy, according to study published in the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine.
3D imaging using saline infusion to demonstrate the uterine cavity of a septate uterus
Locating fibroids and polyps. Research published in Ultrasonographyindicates that 3D ultrasound is more useful than 2D technology at pinpointing the location of fibroid tumors and endometrial polyps in some patients.
3D image of the uterus with a cornual fibroid
Identifying uterine adhesions. Also called uterine synechiae, uterine adhesions can impair fertility. 3D ultrasound seems to be more effective than conventional processes such as a hysterosalpingogram at identifying these adhesions.
Examining intrauterine device (IUD) placement. Gynecologists typically use 2D ultrasound to place IUDs, but this approach does not completely visualize the complete IUD. By using 3D ultrasound, doctors can see the entire device in the coronal plane while maintaining exam times short.
This has also been shown to help improve the detection rate of IUDs that have inserted into the uterine tissue, another study published in Ultrasonography noted, identifying a significant source of pain and abnormal bleeding in some patients.