Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

3-D Ultrasound's "True-To-Life" Images Aid In Prenatal Diagnosis At Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Date:
January 5, 2000
Source:
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Summary:
With the advent of three-dimensional ultrasound, clinicians are gaining unparalleled insight into the human body -- viewing internal structures and functions with amazing clarity. At Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, this new technology is enabling physicians to observe fetal development and diagnose abnormalities with advanced accuracy.

LOS ANGELES (January 3, 2000) – With the advent of three-dimensional ultrasound, clinicians are gaining unparalleled insight into the human body -- viewing internal structures and functions with amazing clarity. At Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, this new technology is enabling physicians to observe fetal development and diagnose abnormalities with advanced accuracy.

Under the direction of Lawrence Platt, M.D., chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and president of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM), Cedars-Sinai’s prenatal program offers the latest in both standard and 3-D ultrasound equipment. In fact, Dr. Platt and his associates work with manufacturers to research and develop new generations of equipment.

"Developing this technology was no small task," said Dr. Platt, adding that the latest 3-D ultrasound system has been in place at Cedars-Sinai for more than three years. "The sophistication of this imaging equipment has come along dramatically in recent years."

With three-dimensional ultrasound, a more natural and "complete" image is achieved through multiplanar renderings that are more readily interpreted by the human eye. Scanning across the structure of interest, the imaging system utilizes "volume rendering," which produces an image based on the original image data rather than a mathematical model. Volume rendering allows both surface and transparent display, and the image produced is true to the original with a high degree of textural detail.

"We have the highest resolution systems available, and they have allowed us to make the earliest possible diagnoses," stated Dr. Platt, who is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology and in maternal-fetal medicine.

The advanced 3-D capabilities can assist in detecting such conditions as cleft lip and palate, brain malformations, ear and skull problems and, potentially, disorders of the heart. In studies, three-dimensional images have not only been used to confirm suspected diagnoses, but in some instances to change a diagnosis because physicians were better able to visualize the fetus.

In the U.S., most pregnant women -- an estimated 80 percent -- have ultrasound studies performed during the course of their pregnancies. There is increasing interest and demand for the procedure, according to Dr. Platt, as word of 3-D’s true-to-life images reaches the community at large. This presents a dilemma for practitioners like Dr. Platt, who caution that ultrasound, should only be performed when clinically relevant.

"This is wonderful technology, but we must be prudent in its use," he pointed out. "The AIUM recommends three-dimensional ultrasound for diagnostic purposes only, not simply for pictures of the baby. We consider the 3-D imaging that is going on in some of our shopping centers -- and provided by offices simply selling portraits of fetuses -- to be below the standard practice of medicine."

While risks are considered low, Dr. Platt warns that safety cannot be guaranteed.

# # #

Note to journalists: For media information and to arrange an interview, please call 1-800-396-1002. Thanks for not publishing this number in stories.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. "3-D Ultrasound's "True-To-Life" Images Aid In Prenatal Diagnosis At Cedars-Sinai Medical Center." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 5 January 2000. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/01/000104184215.htm>.
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. (2000, January 5). 3-D Ultrasound's "True-To-Life" Images Aid In Prenatal Diagnosis At Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. ScienceDaily. Retrieved October 21, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/01/000104184215.htm
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. "3-D Ultrasound's "True-To-Life" Images Aid In Prenatal Diagnosis At Cedars-Sinai Medical Center." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/01/000104184215.htm (accessed October 21, 2014).

Share This



More Health & Medicine News

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

How Nigeria Beat Its Ebola Outbreak

How Nigeria Beat Its Ebola Outbreak

Newsy (Oct. 20, 2014) The World Health Organization has declared Nigeria free of Ebola. Health experts credit a bit of luck and the government's initial response. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Another Study Suggests Viagra Is Good For The Heart

Another Study Suggests Viagra Is Good For The Heart

Newsy (Oct. 20, 2014) An ingredient in erectile-dysfunction medications such as Viagra could improve heart function. Perhaps not surprising, given Viagra's history. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Ebola Worries End for Dozens on U.S. Watch Lists

Ebola Worries End for Dozens on U.S. Watch Lists

Reuters - US Online Video (Oct. 20, 2014) Forty-three people who had contact with Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S., were cleared overnight of twice-daily monitoring after 21 days of showing no symptoms. Rough Cut (no reporter narration). Video provided by Reuters
Powered by NewsLook.com
CDC Calls for New Ebola Safety Guidelines

CDC Calls for New Ebola Safety Guidelines

AP (Oct. 20, 2014) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Tom Frieden laid out new guidelines for health care workers when dealing with the deadly Ebola virus including new precautions when taking off personal protective equipment. (Oct. 20) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:

Strange & Offbeat Stories


Health & Medicine

Mind & Brain

Living & Well

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins