Frequently Asked Questions
When is the best time to have a 4D/HD ultrasound?
That depends on what you are looking to see. Many mothers like coming in twice, early on, 15 to 20 weeks, when they can see the baby as a whole, and then come in again at 27 to 32 weeks to see a more detailed face. Between 27 and 32 weeks, your baby develops more fat and gets a more defined face. After 32 weeks, space becomes more limited, and water intake is extremely important to obtain to best images possible. All babies are different and we have been successful in obtaining great images all the way up to 40 weeks.
How good are you at determining the sex of my baby?
Gender can be determined at 8+ via blood work with a 99.8% accuracy rate. At 15+ weeks we can determine the gender via ultrasound with a very high accuracy. If you are 15 weeks and over, and the gender can not be seen, we invite you back for a weekday return appointment, and we will rescan you for free within the next 14 days. The need for a return visit is usually due to the baby's position, but is rarely needed.
How can I be sure to get the best possible 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 build, amount of amniotic fluid, etc. Maintaining the recommended amount of water during pregnancy, or more, will help to ensure you've done everything within your power to get the best prenatal images!
Also, try to schedule your appointment when your baby is most active. This will let us see their little personality, and give us an opportunity to see all of their features!
What should I do prior to the 4D/HD appointment?
Drink plenty of water daily to ensure your amniotic fluid is clear. About 45 minutes to an hour before your 4D/HD 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).
What is the difference between 3D ultrasound, 4D ultrasound, and HD ultrasound?
3D is a still image, while 4D adds the dimension of motion so it looks like a video. HD is just higher definition of the 4D movement.
Is 4D and HD ultrasound safe for me and my baby?
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.
How long is the ultrasound session?
Depending on the ultrasound package that you select, your session will last between 10 and 30 minutes. However, plan on spending 30 to 45 minutes 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.
What is your facility like?
We pride ourselves on being an inviting, relaxing, comfortable, and spacious environment for you and your family.
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. During this time we are allowing up to ten guests to join you for the ultrasound.
Will my doctor be contacted about the 4D/HD ultrasound?
We do not contact your doctor prior to the scan since this is an elective procedure. However, we do require that you are currently under prenatal care, and if you have any concerns you should ask your doctor. Ultrasound technicians in general cannot make a diagnosis.
Do you accept insurance?
No, we do not accept insurance because this is an elective procedure.
How can I pay for the ultrasound?
We currently accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express and cash.
When do I get my 4D/HD pictures and videos?
Less than 10 minutes after your session has ended.