Women's experiences of commercial three-dimensional ultrasound scans

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Ultrasound has become a routine part of UK maternity care and has a range of diagnostic and screening purposes. The last two decades have seen the development of three-dimensional (3D) scans, which use computer software to produce a seemingly 3D image of the fetus (Rankin et al 1993). Four-dimensional (4D) scans include the dimension of time, ie moving images of the fetus. This technology does currently have limited diagnostic use (Campbell 2002,Kurjak et al 2007) though it can be helpful in screening for facial anomalies.

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