What is 3D / 4D Ultrasound?
Like all ultrasound studies, the 3D / 4D uses high frequency sound waves to create images that can be viewed on a monitor screen. In the 3D / 4D scan you are able to see your baby in a 3D – more life like image, instead of the familiar flat, grainy 2D pictures. The 4th dimension is real time movement. You may be able to catch your baby smiling, yawning or sucking his/her thumb.
Is it Safe?
Prenatal ultrasound has been used widely over the last 35 years and no studies that we are aware of have shown ultrasound to cause any harm to the mother or baby. If you have ANY concerns about the safety of ultrasound we URGE you to speak to your healthcare professional before making your appointment. Your healthcare professional is ALWAYS your best source of information for any health concerns. You must be under the care of a healthcare professional and supply us with the name and contact information to use our service.
Who will be performing my scan?
Only medically trained sonographers who are trained in the safe and efficient use of our equipment and in obtaining the best images possible of your baby.
When should I have my scan done?
You may have your ultrasound as early as 14 weeks if your main desire is to find out the gender of your baby, but remember that the baby is quite skeletal at this point. The best time to see details of the features is 26-34 weeks when the baby has more fat on his/her body but still has room to move around. Some parents choose to come early for gender determination and then come back when the baby has more fat. Keep in mind that there are MANY variables involved in getting clear images.
How will I pay for my 3D / 4D Ultrasound?
We accept major credit cards, debit cards and cash. Since this is not a diagnostic procedure, insurance companies will not pay for your scan. Consider our service like taking your baby to a photography studio and having portraits made.
How long will my appointment take?
You should plan on an hour for your appointment. The actual scanning time will be 20-30 minutes. We allow extra time in case your baby is uncooperative we will be able to have you do some things that we find helpful in these situations ie drinking juice or soda, eating chocolate, walking around etc.
Can friends or family come with me for my appointment?
We welcome your family and friends to share the joy of this once in a lifetime experience. We have comfortable seating for 10 adults. Children are welcome but with VERY FEW exceptions become restless and bored very quickly. Many parents cannot really enjoy seeing the new baby while wrestling a crying toddler, trying to entertain a preschooler etc.
I don’t want to know the sex of my baby – can I still get a 3D/4D ultrasound?
Absolutely! We will focus on the upper body and face as we usually do. Most untrained people would not be able to identify the gender of a baby even if given the opportunity to see the genital area.
What days and hours are you open?
We are open by appointment Monday through Saturday. We have evening appointments Monday through Friday with the last appointment at 7:00 p.m and we’re open until 5:00 p.m. on Saturday.
How should I prepare for my ultrasound?
We recommend that you increase your water intake for several days in advance of your appointment.
I am anxious to know the sex of my baby-when can I come in?
We can generally determine your baby’s sex at 14 weeks. It is a good idea for full figured moms to wait an additional 2-4 weeks. If we are unable to tell you the sex of your baby, we will invite you to return at NO CHARGE !!