Frequently Asked Questions About 3D Ultrasounds
These are the answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding our 3D ultrasound & 4D ultrasound services. If you have a question, chances are you will find an answer here! Please read through the answers below, then feel free to contact us if you have any further questions.
How can I get a 3D ultrasound appointment?
We offer convenient 24-hour online scheduling, where you can view real-time availability & choose the best time that works for you. Click here to book online. Also, you may book by phone by calling our office at (248) 965-9557 Monday-Friday 9am-6pm.
Upon booking, you will need to provide your due date, name & number of your physician/midwife, and a valid credit card to hold your appointment.
Does insurance cover 3D ultrasound? / Does Medicaid cover 3D ultrasound?
No. Elective ultrasounds are not medical procedures & are not covered by any insurance.
This is an out-of-pocket expense, due at the start of your appointment.
We accept cash, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, & Discover cards.
We do not accept any type of checks, insurance or HSA/FSA cards.
What do I need to book a 3D ultrasound?
No, you do not need anything from your doctor’s office. However, you must be receiving current prenatal care from a healthcare provider.
To book an appointment, you must provide the name and phone number of your OB/physician.
Why do you ask for my credit card just to schedule?
A credit card is required to reserve your time slot, for our 24 hour cancellation policy. Your credit card will NOT be charged UNLESS you fail to provide us at least 24 hour notice to cancel or reschedule your appointment. A $40 cancellation fee will be charged for all no-shows or cancellations/reschedules made within 24 hours of the appointment time, regardless of the circumstances.
You will not be able to book an appointment without providing a valid credit card.
Can I do a walk-in 3D ultrasound?
No, all services are by appointment only & we do not accept walk-ins. However, we offer convenient online booking that is available 24 hours a day, so you can book your appointment at any time, even when our office is closed.
Are 3D ultrasounds safe for baby?
Yes. 3D ultrasound uses the same safe sound waves and intensity as the 2D ultrasound your doctor uses.
Ultrasounds are routine, normal procedures used in all pregnancies throughout the United States.
The ultrasound transducer emits sound waves into the body, then listens for the return echo as it bounces back, to generate an image from the data.
Will my doctor be called about my 3D ultrasound?
No, we will not contact your doctor prior to your appointment.
While we are not looking for any problems during your ultrasound, if we were to see something concerning, we would contact your doctor to let them know.
What's the difference between 3D ultrasound vs 4D ultrasound vs HD Live?
3D/4D is the older ultrasound technology, which creates the bronze/metallic colored images of your baby’s face.
3D is just a still image – a 3D picture of your baby. 4D adds the dimension of “motion” to the image, and allows you to see your baby move in real-time.
HD goes even further beyond 4D, and creates the most realistic images of baby with incredible clarity and detail. HD renders life-like skin tones instead of the bronze/gold colored images.
HD also adds a digital light source, creating shadows and highlights, adding depth, and showing details that could never be seen before. With HD, you can watch your baby move in real time.
How early can a 3D 4D ultrasound determine gender?
We can determine gender starting as early as 15 weeks.
In most cases, the gender can be identified at this time. We can’t however guarantee that your baby will cooperate during your ultrasound. Certain factors, such as fetal position, developmental age, & maternal body tissue content can affect the ability to identify the gender.
If we are unable to determine the gender, we will invite you back the following week, at no cost, until we can confirm your baby’s gender. At no time during pregnancy can we ever guarantee the gender with 100% accuracy.
How accurate is 3D ultrasound early gender determination?
Gender can never be guaranteed 100% at any time during pregnancy, neither by ultrasound nor blood work. However, ultrasound is very accurate in determining gender.
Ultrasound is 95-98% accurate at 15+ weeks when gender cam be seen. We will never guess at gender, we will only tell you when we see it.
Can I get a 3D ultrasound if I don't want to know the gender?
We see plenty of moms who do not want to find out gender until birth. You can absolutely still have an HD ultrasound when you don’t want to know the gender! We are very skilled in determining the orientation and position of your baby, so we know exactly how to scan without showing the gender. You can still see the rest of your baby and enjoy this amazing experience. We always ask at the start of each appointment whether you wish to know gender.
Gender reveal boxes are also available for purchase right in our office! Open the box to reveal a blue or pink teddy bear with your baby’s recorded heartbeat inside. We are happy to provide a sealed envelope with the gender written inside at no additional charge.
When is the best time to get a 3D ultrasound?
Well, that depends on what you’d like to see! Many mom’s like to come twice during pregnancy to see different stages of development.
To see development/baby’s movements, 20-25 weeks is a great time. Baby is still small enough to see more of the body on the screen and watch them kick and stretch.
To see baby’s face, the best time is 27-33 weeks. That’s when the facial features are fully developed and the cheeks have filled in with fat. Baby looks more like a newborn at this time.
Should I get the 15 minute or 30 minute HD ultrasound?
This depends on how far along you are, and what you would like to see.
Typically if you’re 20-26 weeks and you just want to see what baby is doing at the moment, the 15 Minute package will be perfect for you. At this time, your baby is smaller and there’s still plenty of room to see baby. 15 minutes is usually a suitable amount of time to watch baby move.
If you’re 27 weeks or more and you really want to get the best face pictures possible, we highly recommend getting the 30 minute package.
27-33 weeks is the ideal time to see baby’s face because the facial features are fully developed and filling out nicely with fat. However, your baby is also bigger at this time and will have less room to move around. Baby may be sleeping, and may be facing your back with hands or feet partially covering the face. If you would like baby to “turn and look at the camera”, “move that hand off your cheek”, “show us your whole face!”, then 15 minutes is NOT a lot of time to work with baby. You will want to have the extra time.
Also if you are planning on bringing your family with you, we recommend getting the 30 minute package. 15 minutes is not really a lot of time to enjoy bonding with baby and entertaining your guests.
For only $60 more, the 30 minute package gives you double the scanning time, double the images, double the DVD footage, double the prints and we will have more time to spend working with baby to obtain better images.
How can I get the best 3D ultrasound pictures?
The single most important thing you can do prior to your appointment is to drink lots of water!
If you want clear images, it is absolutely imperative that you drink the recommended 64-80 ounces of water every day in the days and weeks leading up to your appointment. This will ensure that your amniotic fluid is nice and clear, and there will be more fluid in front of the baby’s face. If there is not adequate fluid between baby’s face and the placenta/uterine wall, we will NOT be able to see the face clearly.
Another thing we recommend is to drink a glass of fruit juice about 30 minutes before your appointment, to get baby moving. Also bring some fruit juice with you in case you need to drink more.
** If you are under 20 weeks, you must arrive with a full bladder. If you don’t do this, we may not be able to get clear images or see your baby’s gender.
Will I be able to see my baby's full face with 3D ultrasound?
We promise that we will always get the best images we can. Most of the time we are able to get beautiful, clear images of the baby’s face. However, we don’t want you to have unrealistic expectations for your appointment.
We cannot guarantee specific images, nor can we guarantee that your baby will allow us to get a perfect “full front face” shot. Many babies love to cuddle, and have their hands/feet close to their face. Usually we get baby to uncover the face by trying a few different things. Sometimes however, baby will not cooperate for us. Remember with ultrasound, you get to see your baby interacting with his/her natural environment. If baby is sucking his thumb, or rubbing her eye, your pictures will reflect that. Sometimes we may only be able to get great pictures of 1/2 the face, 3/4 of the face, or the profile depending on your baby’s position. All the images in our gallery are examples of images taken at our office.
Every baby scans differently, depending on the fetal position, gestational age, placental location, amount of amniotic fluid & maternal body tissue. If we are unable to obtain ANY acceptable pictures during your ultrasound, we will invite you back for a one-time rescan, free of charge, within 1-2 weeks.
Is 15 minutes enough time to get a lot of 3D ultrasound pictures of my baby's face?
The 15 minute package is not designed for capturing “a lot of pictures”. It is intended to be an option for moms who aren’t interested in getting a full package & just want to take a quick peek to see what baby’s doing & get a few pictures. 15 minutes is generally suitable for smaller babies under 26 weeks, as you can watch them move around in the womb.
If you wish to capture lots of beautiful face images or you’re over 26 weeks, we will need more time to work with baby. 15 minutes is very quick, so please be sure this is enough time for your objective.
How many people can I bring to my 3D ultrasound appointment?
Family and friends are always welcome!
We can comfortably seat up to about 6-8 guests. If you want to bring more guests, our room is large enough to accommodate them if they want to stand and watch.
Children are welcome. However we recommend that another adult be present if you are bringing young children, so that you can fully enjoy your ultrasound without distractions.
Why does it cost more for a 3D ultrasound with twins?
Since you are having twins, we will have to scan 2 babies. This takes extra time in order to determine the genders/obtain suitable images of 2 babies. The additional $50 charge for twins will add an additional 15 minutes onto your appointment time. This way you will have enough time to see both babies.
Can I find out how much my baby weighs at my 3D ultrasound? Will you tell me if my baby's healthy?
No. Those measurements are taken as part of a diagnostic medical ultrasound at your doctor’s office, where they will measure baby, assess fetal well being, growth & development, and scan for any abnormalities.
Elective ultrasounds are purely for entertainment/keepsake & bonding purposes & are never a replacement for a diagnostic medical ultrasound. Although the ultrasound will be performed by an RDMS sonographer qualified to perform these services, we will not take any measurements nor will we obtain any diagnostic images.
We will confirm the presence of a heartbeat, but we will not provide any assessment of fetal well being.
How long is a 3D 4D ultrasound appointment?
Depending on the package you choose, your ultrasound will take between 5-35 minutes. However, plan on spending about 30 minutes to 1 hour at our office so we can send you home with memories to cherish for a lifetime.
We will need some time after your ultrasound for printing pictures and creating any CD/DVDs. We may also need to have you walk around & stretch for a few minutes during the appointment, to try to get the baby moving/in a better position.
How can I cancel or reschedule my ultrasound appointment?
To cancel or reschedule your appointment with at least 24 hour notice, you can simply click the “Cancel/Change Appointment” link at the bottom of your confirmation email. You can also call us at (248) 965-9557.
If you are calling after hours & reach our voicemail, be sure to leave a message clearly stating that you are cancelling your appointment. This way we will have a record of the time you called & you can avoid the cancellation fee.
To make a scheduling change within 24 hours of your appointment time, you will need to call our office at (248)965-9557 and you will be charged a $40 cancellation fee.