Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between 3D, 4D and HD ultrasounds?
3D is a still image while 4D adds the dimension of motion so it looks like a video. HD is a higher definition, better quality photo. The detail enables you to see much more of the babies features.
What is your facility like?
We pride ourselves on being an inviting, relaxing, comfortable, and spacious environment for you and your family. We can fit up to 8 family members comfortable in our studio. We are also located in an up-scale retail location rather than sterile looking office buildings. Our studio is setup to give a feeling of being in your family’s living room. This is a special occasion, we want you to feel at home, not like your at a doctors office. Our staff is extremely friendly, with a bilingual (Spanish) member available 90% of the time.
Is 3D, 4D & HD ultrasound safe for me and my baby?
3D, 4D and HD 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 process.
When is the best time to have a 3D, 4D or HD ultrasound?
That depends on what you are looking to see. Many mothers like coming in twice, early on, 15-26 weeks, when they can see the baby as a whole, and then again at 25-34 weeks to see a more detailed face. Between 28 and 32 weeks, your baby develops more fat and gets a more defined face. After 34 weeks, it becomes more and more difficult to obtain good pictures since the baby is running out of room. However all babies are different and we have been successful in obtaining great images all the way up to 39 weeks.
How good are you at determining the sex of the baby?
At 14 1/2 weeks we can determine the gender with a very high accuracy. If the gender can not be seen, we invite you back for a weekday return appointment and we will re-scan you for free within the next 14 days. The need for a return visit is usually due to the baby’s position.
How can I be sure to get the best possible 3D, 4D, & HD pictures?
Most doctors recommend maintaining a healthy fluid intake, especially while you are pregnant. This will help to 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 3D, 4D, & HD appointment?
Drink plenty of water (approx. 100 oz) even several days before your appointment to ensure your amniotic fluid is clear. About a half hour before your 3D/4D ultrasound scan, try to drink a fruit juice so that your baby will be awake during your session (unless you are told not to by your physician).
How long is the 3D, 4D, & HD ultrasound session?
Depending on the ultrasound package that you select, your session will last between 20 and 35 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 life time. It is best to arrive a few minutes early to fill out our paperwork.
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 with plenty of toys and books to keep the entertained. Our ultrasound room can comfortably seat 8 plus people, but more are welcome if they would like to stand and watch. The ultrasound is projected onto our wall at about 100 inches so that everyone is able to see with ease.
Who conducts the ultrasound?
All of our ultrasounds are conducted by certified ARDMS sonographers or ultrasound technologists who have completed a training course and have years of experience. You will be in good qualified hands.
How can 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?
Less than 5 minutes after your session has ended.
Will my doctor be contacted about the 3D, 4D, & HD 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 send her the report. We do require however that you currently are under prenatal care and if you have any concerns, you should ask your doctor. Ultrasound technicians in general cannot make a diagnosis.