FAQ – 3D/4D Ultrasound
What is an Elective Ultrasound?
An Elective Ultrasound is one done that expectant parents choose to do not requiring a prescription or order from a Medical Doctor. It has been proven to provide a positive bonding experience for the Mother, Father and family members with the unborn baby. The realistic surface images provide a connection between the parents and the baby that can be beneficial to the whole family. A routine medical examination should have been performed by your healthcare professional to access the Gestational Age of the fetus and to evaluate for fetal anomalies as well as basic components of fetal anatomy. Expectant parents often choose elective 3D/4D ultrasounds to see their unborn baby in clear live 4D views that you just don’t get with traditional 2D Ultrasound. Many expectant parents feel that one diagnostic ultrasound during a pregnancy is just not enough!
What is the Difference between 2D, 3D and 4D Ultrasound Imaging?
2D is the black and white pictures often acquired by your healthcare professional and they are 2 Dimensional plain or a slice of anatomy. The 3Dand 4D Ultrasounds render a surface image which is a very realistic live image of your baby and all of his/her features and movements. The 3D is a still photo and the 4D is a video loop showing the movement baby in 3D.
Are 3D/4D ultrasounds safe for my Baby and Myself? Are there any risks?
Extensive studies have found that Ultrasound has not been shown to cause any harm to baby or mother. Routine scanning of all pregnancies is now normal throughout the United States. 3D/4D scanning uses the same type and intensity of ultrasound as with conventional 2D scanning.
Do I need to set up an Appointment in Advance?
Yes it is best to set an appointment to provide you with the best experience possible. Schedule Now
How long does the 3D/4D session take?
The length of time varies depending on your choice of package, but we will take our time with you to make sure that you have the best experience possible.
When is the Best Time for an Ultrasound?
We can see and determine the Gender as early as 14 Weeks, and we recommend between 14 to 20 weeks for gender determinations.
We find the best time to obtain the most accurate and dramatic 3D/4D Pictures is between 27 and 32 weeks during this time the baby is developing fat layers and muscles that fill in their features and structures. Beyond 34 weeks it starts getting too crowded to obtain the best images.
Is there any tips to help obtain the best images?
A few tips DRINK! DRINK! DRINK! Drink plenty of water prior to your appointment. Many times, moms think this means a full bladder; it does not. To obtain a 3D/4D ultrasound, our waves need to travel through fluid. More fluid in front of baby’s face, means better quality of pictures. If a baby is right up against the placenta or the side of the uterus, the waves have to travel through these to and back from the face, causing a cloudy look. It usually takes 2-4 days for fluid to reach the uterus from drinking, which is why we ask that you increase the water intake the ENTIRE week before. Eat or drink whatever you wish before you come in many swear by Mt. Dew, Orange Juice, or even coffee, but really it depends on the baby. We’ve seen babies sleeping away soundly after 2 cups of coffee, and some dancing a jig with nothing different. Do whatever you feel comfortable doing and what you feel like might help.
What type of clothing is recommended on the day of my appointment?
A comfortable, two piece outfit to allow the sonographer accessibility to your baby. Dresses are not recommended unless shorts are worn underneath.
Is the 4D Ultrasound Covered by Insurance?
At this point in time insurance does not cover the cost of our ultrasounds as it is not a Diagnostic Medical Exam ordered by a Physician. You will need to pay the cost of the Ultrasound; we accept Cash, Debit,Visa and Mastercard.
Do I need a full bladder for my Ultrasound?
Only for moms that are less than 21 weeks. We need a full bladder to act as a window to your womb to see a clear picture of your babies Gender.