Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between 3D, 4D, and HD ultrasound?
3D is a still image while 4D adds the dimension of motion so it looks like a video. HD, Hi-definition, ultrasounds add an extra dimension of light to give you an even more life-like image of your baby.
What is your facility like?
We pride ourselves on being an inviting, relaxing, comfortable, and spacious environment for you and your family.
Is 3D and 4D ultrasound 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, 15-25 weeks, when they can see the baby as a whole, and then again at 28-34 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 birth.
How good are you at determining the sex of the baby?
At 15 weeks we can determine the gender with a very high accuracy. If you meet the weekly requirements and the gender can not be seen, we invite you back for a weekday return appointment and we will rescan you for free within the next 10 days. The need for a return visit is usually due to the baby's position.
How can I be sure to get the best possible 3D/4D pictures?
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 that can impact that quality of the picture. However, doing your part to stay hydrated really helps us out.
What should I do prior to the 3D/4D appointment?
We recommend increasing your water intake at least 4 days before your appointment to ensure your amniotic fluid is clear. About half an 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). Please remove any piercing on the abdomen and hip/pelvic region, we cannot scan you if you have metal piercings.
How long is the ultrasound session?
Depending on the ultrasound package that you select, your session will last between 5 and 30 minutes. However, plan on spending 30 minutes at our studio so that we can send you home with memories to last a life time. It is best to arrive a few minutes early to fill out our paperwork.
Are family and friends welcome to join?
Yes! 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 a kids corner full of toys to keep them entertained. Our ultrasound room has seating for 15 people (not counting the expecting mother), but we have plenty of floor space if others want to join.
How can I pay for the ultrasound?
We accept major credit/debit cards and cash.
When do I get my 3D/4D pictures and videos?
You will receive a text and email before you leave the studio that will have your link to all your images. Make sure to download you images to your computer, phone or both before 90 days, the link will then expire. You will receive any printed images at the end of your session.
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 that causes concern during the scan, we contact your doctor and send them a report. We do require however that you currently are under prenatal care and if you have any concerns, you should ask your doctor. Ultrasound technicians in general cannot make a diagnosis