The Difference Between 2D, 3D, 4D, HD and 5D Ultrasounds

If you are expecting, it can be hard to navigate the many different types of ultrasounds that can be done during pregnancy.


While all ultrasounds use soundwaves to ultimately create a picture of your developing baby, the finished product can range widely depending on the definition type that you choose. To help make the decision easier, Anticipation Ultrasound Studio is here to explain the difference between 2D ultrasound, 3D ultrasound, 4D ultrasound, HD ultrasound, HD LIve Ultrasound, and 5D ultrasounds.

graphic displaying difference between 2D,3D,4D, and 5D images
2D profile of baby in womb

2D Ultrasound

As the most common form of ultrasound, a 2D ultrasound creates a black and white image that shows the skeletal structure of the baby and makes the internal organs visible. The 2D ultrasound is most commonly used to diagnosis the health of the baby. As the name implies, all 2D images are flat and have no depth to them.

3D Ultrasound

Much like 2D ultrasounds, a 3D ultrasound uses soundwaves to develop an image of the baby inside of your womb. However, unlike the flat image given by a 2D ultrasound, a 3D ultrasound creates the appearance of a three-dimensional image of the baby. This allows the expecting parents to see their baby’s face, rather than just the outline of the face.

4D Ultrasound of baby face
3D Ultrasound of baby face

4D Ultrasound

4D ultrasounds also create a three-dimensional image and provide an even clear image of the baby. The 4D ultrasound is created while capturing a video of your baby. We then scroll through the video and save still images. With 4D ultrasound imaging, you could potentially see your baby smile or yawn in the womb because it compiles hundreds of images into a moving video.

HD Ultrasound, HD Live Ultrasound, 5D Ultrasound

As the most recent advancement in ultrasound technology, HD and HD Live (also called 5D Ultrasound ) ultrasounds allow us to capture even clearer, sharper images. These images are more defined and have better resolution.

5D Ultrasound of baby face

Why Choose Anticipation Ultrasound for your elective ultrasound imaging?

Anticipation Ultrasound has been open since January 2003.  We utilize state-of-the-art equipment from the industry leader, GE, to ensure you have the best elective ultrasound experience possible while peeking at your baby. When we first opened, 3D Ultrasound was the newest technology. Over the years it has gotten better and better. Eventually, GE developed 4D ultrasound imaging and within a few years, they invented HD Ultrasound and HD Live Ultrasound, also called 5D Ultrasound. The images keep getting better and better as the technology keeps improving. Anticipation keeps investing in new ultrasound machines to keep up with the changing technology.

With our Live Video Stream technology, a company we hire to provide digital media delivery, Baby Stream Live, your friends and family can also be included in your experience even if they cannot come to the studio.

We also provide a See Your Baby Guarantee! If we cannot get a good picture of your baby's face, we can try again another day, for free!