3D ultrasound FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions about 3D ultrasound and 4D ultrasound
The questions listed below are the most frequently asked questions about our Elective 3D Ultrasound packages. Should you have any questions that are not answered below, please call us direct at Call or text (205) 326-BABY 2229 today or send us an message via our contact page.
- What is a limited diagnostic prenatal ultrasound?
- Does this take the place of an ultrasound at my doctor’s office?
- Is it safe? Are there any risks to me, or my baby?
- Do I need an appointment?
- How long does the 3D and 4D ultrasound take?
- How far along should I be before I have a 4D ultrasound?
- Will I always get a beautiful picture of my baby?
- Can I bring my family and friends?
- Are you able to tell the sex of the baby?
- Is the 4D ultrasound covered by Insurance?
- How much does it cost?
- Will I have to pay if I am not satisfied with the results?
What is a limited diagnostic prenatal ultrasound?
We offer limited diagnostic 2D, 3D & 4D prenatal ultrasounds to provide a positive 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 3-D as used in this examination is performed to better assess the baby for abnormalities. A routine ultrasound examination must 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.
Does this take the place of an ultrasound at my doctor’s office?
ABSOLUTELY NOT! Women seeking a limited diagnostic prenatal ultrasound MUST 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 limited diagnostic 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.
Is it safe? Are there any risks to me, or my baby?
Extensive studies 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 utilize 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.
Do I need an appointment?
Yes, appointments are necessary for all of our services.
How long does the 3D and 4D ultrasound take?
Depending on the package you choose, the 4D ultrasound session will last between 20 and 30 minutes. Overall, it will be about one hour as we have to have some time to print and edit the pictures.
How far along should I be before I have a 4D ultrasound?
Gender determinations may be scheduled around 15 weeks. Babies' "parts" may be swollen or small before 15 weeks, making determinations much less reliable before this time. If you plan on having only one 4D ultrasound examination, we would recommend having the examination performed between the 24th and 32nd week of the pregnancy. However, excellent images of your baby can be obtained anytime after about 22 weeks of pregnancy. Many mothers obtain more than one 4D ultrasound and have images to enjoy from their second and third trimesters.
Will I always get a beautiful picture of my baby?
Unfortunately there are no guarantees. There are things that are beyond our control. The babies position, the amount of amniotic fluid, and the mothers body type. We have an experienced sonographer who is innovative and this rarely becomes a problem. If it does happen we encourage you to come back another day. We want everyone to be totally satisfied.
Can I bring my family and friends?
Absolutely, this is a family event. The more the merrier. We do have somewhat limited space so if you are going to bring friends and/or family, please call ahead so that we can make sure we can accommodate everyone.
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.
Is the 4D ultrasound covered by Insurance?
This is a limited diagnostic procedure so they do not cover it. We do accept Visa, Mastercard, and cash. We cannot accept personal checks.
Will I have to pay if I am not satisfied with the results?
Please keep in mind that a service has been rendered even if baby is not cooperating, so your session will be charged. However, our best customer is a happy one, and we get more business from word of mouth than anything else. In the rare event the baby is in a position that does not allow for satisfactory pictures we'll make arrangements to have you try again.