Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between 3D ultrasound and 4D ultrasound?
3D is a still image, whereas 4D adds the dimension of motion so that it is a real-time video.
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 a 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.
Will my insurance cover this ultrasound?
No, your insurance will not cover this ultrasound because this is an elective procedure.
When is the best time to get a 3d/4d ultrasound?
That depends on what you are looking to see. Many mothers like coming in twice, early on, 16-26 weeks, when they can see the baby as a whole, and then again at 25-34 weeks to see a more detailed image of the 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 15 weeks, we can determine the gender with very high accuracy. However, in the event that we cannot determine the gender (usually due to fetal position, placenta placement, or amount of amniotic fluid), we invite you back for a weekday return appointment and we will rescan you for no additional charge.
How can I be sure to get the best possible 3D/4D pictures?
Maintaining a healthy fluid intake throughout your pregnancy will ensure your amniotic fluid is clear, as well as full, and this will help greatly with picture quality. However, there are still many things out of the sonographer's control like the baby's position, the mother's build, etc, and if we are unable to get proper images, we will surely reschedule you for a repeat session free of charge.
What should I do prior to the 3D/4D appointment?
Drink plenty of water, 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 ultrasound session?
Depending on the ultrasound package that you select, your session will last between 10 and 25 minutes. However, plan on spending 30 minutes to an hour at our studio; babies are sometimes uncooperative at first and we want to make sure we send you home with the best memories to last a life time. It is best to arrive a few minutes early to fill out our paperwork.
Can I bring my friends and family?
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 plenty of toys and books to keep them entertained. At both of our locations, our ultrasound room can comfortably seat 10 plus people, but more are welcome if they would like to stand and watch.
How can I pay for the ultrasound?
We currently accept major credit/debit cards and cash.
When will I receive my 3D/4D pictures and videos?
Immediately after your session.
Will my doctor be contacted about the 3d/4d ultrasound?
We do not contact your doctor about the scan since this is an elective procedure. We do require, however, that you are currently under prenatal care and if you have any concerns, you should ask your doctor. Sonographers cannot make a diagnosis.