Frequently Asked Questions
Learning More About 3D Ultrasound / 4D Ultrasound
The questions listed below are the most frequently asked questions about our limited diagnostic prenatal ultrasound packages. Please review and feel free to Contact Us if you have any further questions.
Q: What is an elective prenatal Ultrasound?
We offer elective 2D, 3D, 4D & HD prenatal ultrasounds to provide a positive bonding experience for the mother, father and family members with the unborn baby. We feel that realistic surface images provide a connection between the parents and baby that can be beneficial to the whole family. We make no claims that 3D as used in this examination is performed to better assess the baby for abnormalities. A routine ultrasound examination should have already been performed to assess the gestational age of the fetus and to evaluate for fetal anomalies as well as the basic components of fetal anatomy recommended for screening.
Q: Does this take the place of an Ultrasound at my doctor’s office?
ABSOLUTELY NOT! Women seeking an elective prenatal ultrasound with our facility must already be receiving treatment with a healthcare provider for prenatal care and have already undergone 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.
Q: Do I need a note from my doctor?
No, but it is our policy that all women requesting an elective ultrasound provide documentation that they are receiving prenatal care. Documentation can be an ultrasound picture from your medical facility, appointment reminder card or something from your online chart with your Doctor’s office.
Q: Is it safe? Are there any risks to me, or my baby?
Extensive studies for over 30 years have found that ultrasound has not been shown to cause any harm to mother or baby. Routine scanning of all pregnancies is now normal throughout the United States. In 3D/4D scanning exactly the same type and intensity of ultrasound is used as with conventional 2D scanning. 3D and 4D Ultrasound both utilizes sound waves to look inside the body. The technology is similar to radar. A probe placed on the body emits sound waves into the body, listens for the return echo and generates an image. 4D ultrasound will be similar to a conventional scan in terms of exposure.
Q: Do I need an appointment?
Yes, appointments are necessary for all of our services.
Q: How long does the 4D Ultrasound take?
Depending on the package you choose, your 3D/4D/HD ultrasound session will last between 15 and 30 minutes.
Q: How far along should I be before I have a 3D/4D/HD Ultrasound?
If you plan on having only one 3D ultrasound examination, we would recommend having the examination performed between the 27th and 30th week of the pregnancy. However, excellent images of your baby can be obtained anytime after about 24 weeks of pregnancy. Many mothers obtain more than one 3D/4D ultrasound and have images to enjoy from their second and third trimesters.
Q: Will I always get a beautiful picture of my baby?
Usually, but not always. Sometimes if the baby is persistently looking face down, i.e. towards your spine it may be difficult to see the baby’s face. If this happens, a repeat scan can be scheduled. We make no promises that the images will be similar to those you might have seen elsewhere or even from our studio, or that we can always meet everyone’s expectations. 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.
Q: Can I bring my family and friends?
Yes. In fact, we encourage our clients to invite family and friends to attend the elective 3D/4D ultrasound session. This is a joyous and wonderful experience, one that can be shared with your family and loved ones. Check out our Sonostream Live page to learn how to share it with friends and family who couldn’t make it to the appointment.
Q: Are you able to tell the sex of the baby?
Yes, in most cases we can provide an indication of the sex of the baby. We can’t however guarantee that the baby will cooperate during your session. Certain factors such as body tissue content, developmental stage and fetal position all affect the ability to determine sex.
Q: Is the 3D/4D Ultrasound covered by Insurance?
At this point, insurance does not cover the costs of our ultrasounds. Since this is an elective procedure and is not intended to be a replacement for your doctor ordered ultrasound, you will need to pay the cost of this ultrasound as an out of pocket expense. We accept cash, Visa, MasterCard, and debit cards. Sorry no personal checks.
Q: What kind of Ultrasound equipment do you use to perform the 3D/4D Ultrasounds?
We use a state of the art HD Ultrasound Machine to complete all ultrasound examinations. Our machine is the best 2D, 3D, 4D and HD ultrasound machine available. The HD technology will give you unparalleled quality images of your baby that you have to see to believe. Please note, many organizations claim to use “state-of-the-art” equipment, when in fact they use older or inferior technology.