What is a 3D/4D Ultrasound?
A 3D/4D Ultrasound uses sound waves similar to radar to create an image of your baby. A probe is placed on mom’s tummy that emits sound waves into the body. The probe listens for the return echo and generates an image. 4D refers to four-dimensional. The fourth dimension is time. This basically means that you can see your baby in 3D in real-time, or in motion.
Are 3D/4D Ultrasounds safe?
Ultrasounds have been used during pregnancy for more than 35 years. There are studies showing that ultrasounds are safe for use during pregnancy but there are also studies raising concerns about the impact of ultrasounds on a developing fetus/baby. Because science is always evolving and new information is always being discovered, I encourage you to discuss with your doctor or midwife whether elective ultrasound is right for you and your baby. It is my belief that limiting exposure is in the best interest of the baby and, for that reason, I no longer offer sessions longer than 15 minutes in length.
What is an elective prenatal ultrasound?
Our 2D, 3D and 4D ultrasounds are non-diagnostic and are performed for entertainment purposes only. The purpose of our ultrasounds is to provide a unique, enjoyable, positive bonding experience between families and their unborn baby. Please do not let our ultrasound be a replacement for your doctor or midwife – ordered diagnostic ultrasounds.
Do I still need to receive the Ultrasound recommended by my doctor or midwife?
Absolutely. In fact, we require all women seeking an elective prenatal ultrasound to first be seen by their prenatal health care provider. It is beneficial, although not mandatory, that a medical diagnostic ultrasound be performed prior to your 3D/4D ultrasound. A diagnostic ultrasound will determine the proper development of your baby and check for any anomalies.
Can you tell me if my baby is developing normally or predict my due date?
No. We only offer non-diagnostic ultrasounds that are for pure entertainment.
If you have any concerns regarding your baby’s development or well-being, contact your doctor or midwife immediately.
How soon can you determine my baby’s gender?
We begin checking gender at 14 weeks gestation.
When is the best time to have my 3D/4D Ultrasound?
That depends on what you want out of your Ultrasound experience. Do you want images of your baby’s full body? If so, come in between 18-22 weeks. Babies at this gestation are smaller and less plump. Do you want pictures from the mid-section up including arms, chest and face? If so, come in between 24-26 weeks. Or, do you want more developed, plumper looking pictures of your baby’s face? If this is the look you want come in between 28-36 weeks. For twins, the optimal time is before 28 weeks gestation or between 16-18 weeks for images of them together.
Will I always get amazing pictures of my baby?
We always strive to give our families the very best pictures possible. Sometimes it is more difficult than others to obtain amazing photos depending on the baby’s position. If baby is comfortably resting in an unfavorable position and refuses to be disturbed, we will gladly try again when he/she has changed positions. Please remember, every baby scans differently depending on his/her position, how far along mom is and how much fluid surrounds the baby. To ensure the best quality pictures possible, we recommend that mom drink 64-80 ounces of water daily for 5-7 days prior to the ultrasound.
Is there anything I can do to improve the quality of our images?
Drinking plenty of fluids regularly is the best thing mom can do to improve the quality of images. The more fluid that surrounds the baby, the better the images will look. We recommend that you drink 64-80 ounces of water daily for 5-7 days prior to your ultrasound. If your baby becomes more active after a certain meal or beverage, by all means indulge yourself prior to heading out for your appointment.
Do I need a full bladder before my ultrasound?
No. You do not need a full bladder.
We do recommend that you be well hydrated and drink 64-80 ounces of water for 5-7 days prior to your ultrasound for the best results.
What if I am not satisfied with my session?
If, for any reason, you are unsatisfied with your session, please let our scanner know before you leave. If you prefer, you can send an email expressing your concerns to firstname.lastname@example.org. It truly is our number one priority to have every family that leaves our office feeling satisfied, even overjoyed by the experience of seeing their unborn baby in 3D. We would hate for anything to ruin this special memory for you and will do our very best to make every customer 100% satisfied.
Can I bring my family and friends?
Absolutely. We encourage you to include your family and friends in this exciting bonding experience.
We can comfortably sit 5-7 adult guests (not including mom) but if your guest list is larger than this and they don’t mind squeezing or standing, we don’t mind either! The more the merrier.
Are your ultrasounds covered by insurance?
Since our ultrasounds are elective and are non-diagnostic, they are not covered by insurance.Please remember, these ultrasounds should not replace the diagnostic ultrasounds ordered by your doctor or midwife.
Do I need an appointment?
Yes. Please call our office at (928) 225-2285 or CLICK HERE to book your appointment online.
How much does it cost?
Please refer to our PACKAGES for pricing details.