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3D and 4D Ultrasounds: Seeing Babies Like a Bat

Though ultrasound is used as a diagnostic tool today, it was considered a therapy when it first appeared in medicine in the 1920s. Read on to learn how today's 3D and 4D ultrasounds work.

Ultrasound machines are complex pieces of equipment, but the basic principle is so simple a bat can use it. Send out high-pitched sound signals (so high-pitched humans can't hear them, in fact), and listen for them to bounce back. The time it takes for the sound to return tells you how close you are to another object, and sending dozens of these signals per second gives you a pretty good picture of the contours of the environment ahead of you and which bugs are juiciest. In the case of an ultrasound machine, these calculations typically map a 2D picture of a growing fetus in the womb. A 3D ultrasound takes this idea a step further, sending ultrasonic waves from a variety of angles around the body to provide a significantly more detailed picture. Adding the element of time results in a moving 3D image, often called a 4D ultrasound. Both 3D and 4D ultrasounds are elective procedures, most commonly used to show what a baby looks like and to identify its gender.

Though ultrasonic technology is used as a diagnostic tool today, it was considered a therapy when it first appeared in medicine in the 1920s, using much more intense ultrasonic energy to apply controlled heat to tissues deep within the body. However, in 1955, Professor Ian Donald of Glasgow University?s Department of Midwifery began to test its application to the diagnosis of tumors, creating a stir in the medical community when he identified a large but operable ovarian cyst in a patient who had been misdiagnosed with inoperable cancer of the stomach. In 1959 he discovered that the ultrasonic waves could provide images of fetuses as well, allowing doctors to study pregnancy at all stages, diagnose any complications, and help name the baby by seeing which celebrity it looks most like.

518 Hawkins Avenue
Lake Ronkonkoma,
NY
US

At Team Extreme Health & Fitness Bootcamp, the word "misfit" doesn't carry its traditional meaning. Instead, it's an acronym that stands for "Military Inspired Sports and Functional Intense Training." Of those six words, it's nearly impossible to choose which is most important—although, intense seems to sum things up nicely. Team Extreme boot-camp-style workouts challenge every muscle in the body. Classes are efficient, packed with energy, and led by a group of motivational trainers turned drill instructors. Those instructors ride the momentum created by the facility's boot camps into various other workout regimens, including sports-specific training, self-defense classes, and even boot camps for brides-to-be.

4949 Express Dr N
Lake Ronkonkoma,
NY
US

BleachBright's whitening system brightens teeth two to eight shades in 15 to 20 minutes through a combination of their whitening gel solution and blue-light emitting LED system. The quick stain-removing sessions are performed on location at their store in the food court wing of Smith Haven Mall.

314 Smith Haven Mall
Lake Grove,
NY
US

Since the company's founding in 1927, Cohen's Fashion Optical has grown from a pushcart business into a successful franchise peddling prescription and designer wares at more than 100 locations spanning seven states and Puerto Rico. Each store employs experienced doctors of optometry who test pupils with comprehensive eye exams to assess ocular health, pinpoint visual acuity, and ensure that no wool has been pulled over the eyes. The store's visionary staff can also help outfit peepers with contact lenses or designer frames from brands such as Prada, Gucci, and Dolce & Gabbana.

324 Smith Haven Mall
Lake Grove,
NY
US

After a car accident left Kelly Kreis with a painful neck injury, she found relief through a combination of Western medicine and holistic healing techniques such as massage and acupuncture. Today, Kelly works to bring others the same relief at Renova Therapeutic Massage. Drawing on her background as a registered nurse and a licensed massage therapist, she performs treatments that range from relaxing Swedish massages to treatments that target connective tissues and central nervous system with CranioSacral therapy.

2780 Middle Country Road
Lake Grove,
NY
US

At Brocking Bootcamp, professional figure competitor and trainer Lia Brocking motivates her clients to push their bodies to their limits and achieve their physical-fitness goals. Her classes combine agility work, high-intensity interval training, metabolic-training protocols, and core work. During these sweat sessions, participants build lean muscle and burn excess fat.

2807 Middle Country Road
Lake Grove,
NY
US