What is the difference between 3D and 4D ultrasounds?
3D is a still image while 4D adds the dimension of motion so it looks like a video.
Are 3D and 4D ultrasounds safe for me and my baby?
3D and 4D ultrasound use the same frequency as your doctor uses in the normal 2D ultrasound. Ultrasounds have been used for over 35 years and there have been no proven side effects from its proper use. We strictly adhere to the FDA's standards.
Do you accept insurance?
No, we do not accept insurance because this is an elective procedure.
When is the best time to have a 3D/4D ultrasound?
That depends on what you are looking to see. Many mothers like coming in twice, early on, 15-26 weeks, when they can see the baby as a whole, and then again at 25-34 weeks to see a more detailed face. Between 28 and 32 weeks, your baby develops more fat and gets a more defined face. After 34 weeks, it becomes more and more difficult to obtain good pictures since the baby is running out of room. However all babies are different and we have been successful in obtaining great images all the way up to 39 weeks.
How good are you at determining the sex of the baby?
At 16 weeks we can determine the gender with a very high accuracy. If you are over 16 weeks and the gender can not be seen, we invite you back for a return appointment, as part of our Rescan Insurance.
How can I be sure to get the best possible 3D/4D images?
Most doctors recommend maintaining a healthy fluid intake, especially while you are pregnant. This will help to ensure your amniotic fluid is clear as well as full. There are many things out of the sonographer's control like the baby's position, the mother's skin type and build, amount of amniotic fluid, etc.
What should I do prior to my 3D/4D appointment?
Drink plenty of water even several days before your appointment to ensure your amniotic fluid is clear. About a half hour before your 3D/4D ultrasound scan, try to drink a fruit juice so that your baby will be awake during your session (unless you are told not to by your physician).
How long is the 3D/4D appointment?
Depending on the ultrasound package that you select, your session will last between 10 and 30 minutes. However, plan on spending up to an hour at our studio so that we can send you home with memories to last a lifetime. It is best to arrive a few minutes early to fill out our paperwork.
Are family and friends welcome to join?
Yes, absolutely! We encourage you to bring your friends and family to share this special moment with you. Children are also welcome and we provide them with plenty of toys and books to keep them entertained. Our ultrasound room can comfortably seat three to four people, but more are welcome if they would like to stand and watch.
Do I have to be under the care of a physician before my appointment?
Women seeking an elective prenatal ultrasound with us must already be receiving treatment with a healthcare provider for prenatal care for this pregnancy. Proof of this must be provided by a dated ultrasound, appointment card for next appointment, or access to online medical charts. Expecting mothers may only rely on a medical, diagnostic ultrasound ordered by their provider to confirm their due date, screen for fetal anomalies, and to look for any other pregnancy related issues. The issues that we are evaluating in the elective prenatal ultrasound session include a limited diagnostic scan to confirm heartbeat, the number of babies in the pregnancy, the position of the baby, and the placental location. Please note, at no time is this exam to be used in place of a complete diagnostic ultrasound.
Will my doctor be contacted about the 3D/4D ultrasound?
We do not contact your doctor prior to the scan since this is an elective procedure. If we do see something wrong during the scan, we contact your doctor and send the report. We do require however that you currently are under prenatal care and if you have any concerns, you should ask your doctor. Ultrasound sonographers in general cannot make a diagnosis.
Will I always get great images of my baby?
Most of the time we are able to get great images, but not always. Sometimes if the baby is looking face down toward mom's spine we are unable to get images, or if the baby is laying against the placenta. Every baby scans differently, depending on its gestational age, position, amount of fluid, and mother's condition. We promise to make every effort to obtain the best possible images of whatever parts of the baby that can be seen.
What if we are not able to get images?
It is our number one priority to obtain the absolute best images of your baby and make sure you are satisfied to the fullest. We use the top of the line ultrasound equipment to ensure this, however, some factors that determine the outcome of your ultrasound are out of our control such as: location of your placenta, the amount of amniotic fluid surrounding your baby, the clarity of the amniotic fluid, the baby's position and the overall fetal environment.
If we are unable to determine the gender or obtain 3D/4D images at your scheduled appointment due to these factors mentioned above, we offer our Rescan Insurance at our discretion on one additional visit. You will be asked to reschedule and come back for a second appointment within the next 14 days at no charge. Our cancellation policy is applied to all rescans and any breeches in the cancellation policy for the rescan appointment will forfeit your rescan.