3D and 4D Ultrasounds


At Dr. Petersen’s office, we provide the convenience of in-office Diagnostic GYN and OB ultrasounds. Providing these services at our women’s healthcare center ensures that our patients have access to the essential diagnostic and maternity care imaging they need.

3D ultrasounds have revolutionized prenatal imaging by providing expecting parents with an incredibly detailed and realistic glimpse of their developing baby in the womb. 3D ultrasounds are typically performed during the second and third trimester when the baby’s features are more distinct.

These ultrasounds build upon the traditional 2D ultrasound technology by capturing multiple cross-sectional images from different angles and then assembling them into a three-dimensional representation. This new imaging technique provides a more realistic vision of the fetus, allowing parents to see complex facial characteristics, tiny fingers and toes, and even subtle facial expressions. One of the most significant advantages of 3D ultrasounds is their potential for enhancing the emotional bond between parents and their unborn child.

3D ultrasounds

Being able to visualize their baby’s face and movement in such detail can create an intense sense of connection and anticipation.

The quality of 3D ultrasound scans is directly related to the fetus’s position within the womb. The position, posture, and even the placement of the developing baby’s small hands and feet can all have a considerable impact on the clarity and depth of the sonogram. For instance, if the baby’s face is partially covered by their own hands or feet, it can cast shadows and make facial characteristics less visible. When the baby is in optimal posture, 3D ultrasounds can provide extraordinary detail, displaying the curves of the nose, lips, and even the development of the eyes with impressive clarity.

We also utilize this type of ultrasound for diagnostic reasons. It allows obstetricians to more precisely assess fetal growth, monitor organ development, and diagnose congenital defects. Ultrasounds play a crucial role in early diagnosis, medical care, and pregnancy planning. Ultimately, they contribute to better prenatal care and support for both mother and baby. Expecting parents should discuss the ultrasound appointment and other pregnancy care with their OBGYN, as these services should only be performed by professionals in medical care locations. 3D ultrasound services are both an important and exciting part of obstetrics and gynecological care. Contact Dr. Petersen’s clinic in Huntsville, Alabama to schedule your ultrasound appointments.


4D ultrasounds, often referred to as “live” or “dynamic” 3D ultrasounds, take prenatal imaging to the next level by adding the dimension of time to the three-dimensional images. These ultrasounds are similar to 3D ultrasounds in that they use sound waves to create detailed and realistic images of the developing fetus.

The ability of 4D ultrasounds to record the baby’s movements and activity in real time is what makes them unique. It’s a great option for anticipating parents to watch their unborn baby in action, taking note of everything from tiny gestures and facial expressions to more expressive movements like stretching, yawning, or even thumb-sucking.

For parents, 4D ultrasounds’ real-time feature delivers a singular and emotionally impactful experience. It gives them the chance to observe the baby’s personality and behavior, which fosters a strong sense of attachment. Heartwarming moments, such as when the baby seems to grin or react to external factors like a mother’s voice, can be caught on camera during these ultrasounds.

4D ultrasounds

Likewise, 4D ultrasounds are useful in medical settings since they enable doctors and nurses to evaluate fetal movements, coordination, and general health. In cases of high-risk pregnancies or when unforeseen medical concerns arise, they are very helpful for keeping track of the baby’s health and development.

4D ultrasounds are primarily used for medical purposes. But, they certainly offer an emotionally gratifying experience that heightens the thrill and amazement of expecting parents as they prepare to welcome their newborn into the world. We are here to help you along this journey. We encourage you to get in touch with our office if you’re looking forward to the excitement of meeting your baby pre-arrival. Our 3D/4D ultrasound services are tailored to your specific requirements, whether you’re looking for a keepsake of this special day, a window into your baby’s developing personality, or important medical information.

Feel free to give us a call, and one of our staff members will be happy to answer all of your questions about pricing and appointment availability. Pregnancy brings a lot of anticipation and excitement, and we’re committed to helping our patients and their growing families have the most enjoyable and convenient pregnancy possible. Along with giving you an amazing 3D/4D ultrasound image and video experience, we look forward to being involved in the wonder and joy of your journey.

3D/4D Ultrasound Packages

Early Peek (6-8 weeks)
5 to 10 Minutes 
5-2D Views and 1-4D View (If possible) & Measurements             
Gender Scan (16+ weeks)
10 to 15 Minutes   
Gender Determination, 5-2D Images & 2-4D Images (If possible) and Baby’s Heartbeat
*2D Gender Scans are Available for $50*
4D Mini Session (28-32 weeks)
10 to 15 Minutes 
4-2D Images & 3-4D Images
4D Session (28-32 weeks)
15 to 20 Minutes  
5-2D Images, 5-4D Images, & Weight Determination
4D Images & Video Session (28-32 weeks)
30 Minutes               
5-2D Images, 10-4D Images, 3 Video Clips, & Weight Determination
*An additional $25 will be added for twins.