What is the difference between 3D and 4D ultrasound?

3D is a still image while 4D adds the dimension of motion, so it looks like a video.

What does your facility look like?

We pride ourselves on being an inviting, relaxing, comfortable and spacious environment for you and your family.  We are also located in a retail location rather than sterile looking office buildings.

Can we get the gender placed in an envelope?

For sure!  We do gender reveals everyday.  Lots of couples like to wait and find out together with their families.

Is 3D and 4D ultrasound use safe for me and my baby?

3D and 4D ultrasound use the same frequency as your doctor uses in the 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.

Do you accept insurance?

No, we do not accept insurance because this is an elective procedure.

When is the best time to have a 3D/4D ultrasound?

That depends on what you are looking to see.  We get really good images from about 27 to 32 weeks.

How good are you at determining the sex of the baby?

At 14 weeks, we can determine the gender with a very high accuracy.  If you are over 14 weeks and the gender cannot be seen, we invite you back for a weekday return appointment at no charge within 14 days.  The need for a return visit is usually the baby’s position.

How can I be sure to get the best possible 3D/4D pictures?

Most doctors recommend maintaining a healthy fluid intake, especially when you are pregnant.  This will help ensure your amniotic fluid is clear as well as full.  There are many things out of the sonographer’s control like the baby’s position, the mother’s skin type and build, amount of amniotic fluid, etc.

What should I do prior to the appointment?

Please click here for appointment guidelines.  This is extremely helpful.

How long is the 3D/4D ultrasound session?

Depending on which package you choose, your session will last anywhere between 5 and 25 minutes.  However, plan on spending 30 minutes to an hour at our studio so that we can send you home with memories to last a lifetime.

Are family and friends welcome to join?

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 plenty of toys and books to keep them entertained.  Our ultrasound room can comfortably seat 10 people, but more are welcome to stand and watch.  The ultrasound is projected onto a 100-inch screen so that everyone can see with ease.

How do I pay for the ultrasound?

We currently accept major credit/debit cards and cash.

When do I get my 3D/4D HD pictures and videos?

Printed pictures from your session will be available in 10 minutes or less after your appointment.  Your digital download can take up to 48 hours but should be available same day as appointment. 

How long do I have to download my images?

You have 7 days to download your images from the link you receive via email.  If you need a new link, it is a $20 charge. 

Will my doctor be contacted about 3D/4D ultrasound?

We do not contact your doctor prior to the scan since this is an elective procedure.  If we do see something wrong during the scan, we contact your doctor and give him/her our report.  We do require that you be currently under prenatal care and if you have any concerns, you should ask your doctor.  Ultrasound technicians in general do not make a diagnosis.

Will I always get great images of my baby?

Most of the time, we can get great images, but not always.  Sometimes if the baby is looking face down towards mom’s spine, we are unable to get images or if the baby is laying against the placenta.  Also, the baby can have their hands, arms and legs covering their face.  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 can be seen.

What will determine the quality of the images?

Fetal position is the number one determination of the image quality.  Some babies come ready for viewing and great images are obtained.  Others simply turn their back or cuddle up to the placenta or the uterine wall and insist on putting their hands and feet in front of their face. 

What can I do to improve the quality of my images?

WATER is the best answer to how to improve your images.  You should be drinking plenty of water beginning at least 7 days prior to your scheduled appointment.  Water can improve the quality of an ultrasound. 

What if we are not able to get good images?                        

It is our number one priority to obtain the absolute best images of your baby and make sure you are satisfied to the fullest.  We use top of the line ultrasound equipment to ensure this, however, some factors that determine the outcome of your ultrasound are out of our control such as: location of your placenta, the amount of amniotic fluid surrounding the baby, the clarity of the amniotic fluid, the baby’s position and the overall fetal environment.  

What if my baby is breech?

Breech position is when the baby’s head is located at the top of your uterus and feet are down.  If you do know that your baby is breech prior to your 3D/4D ultrasound, we do advise you to reschedule your appointment a few weeks later to allow time for the baby to turn.  Good pictures can be obtained with breech babies, but they are not guaranteed and much more likely if the baby is head down.  However, some babies remain breech until very late in the pregnancy or never turn, if this is the case you can still do a 3D/4D HD ultrasound and we should be able to get good images if you have plenty of amniotic fluid.

If I am overweight, will I be able to get clear ultrasound images?

If you are overweight, you should not be afraid to have an elective ultrasound.  We do strongly urge that you wait until after 30 weeks gestation to give the baby optimal time to obtain fat on their face.  If you are overweight, you will need to have a very high level of amniotic fluid to obtain clear images of the baby.  If you drink the recommended amount of water in the weeks leading up to your appointment there is no reason you should not be able to obtain great images.