Livingston, Louisiana Sonographer Chimes in On the Science of Ultrasounds

Ultrasound technology has been around for some time and has become an essential tool in the medical field, especially in pregnancy care.

As a matter of fact, it was first used for clinical purposes in 1956 in Glasgow. Obstetrician Ian Donald and engineer Tom Brown developed the prototype systems based on an instrument that detects industrial flaws in ships.

Fast forward to 2022, and ultrasound machines are now portable and used for various purposes, from diagnosing tumors to checking babies in utero. And with medical advances happening every day, the potential uses for ultrasound are only expanding.

But sometimes, we take for granted just how incredible this technology is and how much it has changed pregnancy care for the better.

So we asked Livingston, Louisiana sonographer Anna Bass to explain a little bit about the science behind ultrasounds and how they’ve revolutionized pregnancy care. She offered us a crash course in everything ultrasound, from how the machines work to what sorts of things they can detect.

“Ultrasounds use sound waves to create an image of the inside of the body,” explains Anna. “A special wand, called a transducer, is used to send out sound waves into the body; these sound waves then bounce back off of different structures in the body and are picked up by the transducer. The transducer then sends these signals to a computer, which creates an image from them.”

Anna Bass is a sonographer at our Look at Me 4D Imaging location in Livingston, Louisiana, one of Louisiana’s leading 3D/4D ultrasound providers. She graduated from North Oaks’ School of Radiologic Technology in July 2010 and the Institute of Ultrasound Diagnostics in May 2011. In the 11 years she’s been in the field, she has had the privilege of working in various settings, from hospitals to outpatient offices to now her own business.

“Ultrasounds are painless and non-invasive, which makes them a great tool for pregnancy care,” says Anna. “They can be used to check on the baby’s development, the position of the baby, and the placenta. They can also be used to detect any potential problems with the pregnancy, such as twins or triplets, breech position, or a low-lying placenta.”

“Different types of ultrasounds can be used to create different types of images,” she continues. “For example, 2D ultrasounds create a flat image of the inside of the body, while 3D and 4D ultrasounds create a more three-dimensional image. 3D and 4D ultrasounds are special because they allow you to see your baby moving in real-time; these procedures have become increasingly popular among parents-to-be as a way to bond with their child before birth.”

Ultrasounds are considered very safe, using sound waves instead of harmful radiation. That said, it’s essential only to have an ultrasound performed by a qualified professional, like those at Look at Me 4D Imaging.

“At Look at Me 4D Imaging, we only use the latest and most advanced ultrasound technology,” says Anna. I’m a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer with a Registered Specialty in OB/GYN. Since graduating from North Oaks School of Radiologic Technology in 2010, I’ve been passionate about helping mothers-to-be bond with their children before birth. That’s why I’m proud to offer the latest and most advanced 3D/4D ultrasound technology at our center.”

Ultrasound technology has come a long way since it was first introduced to the medical field. It is now an essential tool in pregnancy care, used to check on the baby’s development and detect any potential problems with the pregnancy. Look at Me 4D Imaging offers only the latest and most advanced ultrasound technology, so you can be sure that your child will receive the best possible care.

To learn more about ultrasounds or to schedule an appointment at our Look at Me 4D Imaging center in Livingston, Louisiana, please call them at (225) 435-9749 or visit their website.