3D Ultrasound & 4D Ultrasound Frequently Asked Questions
These are the most frequently asked questions about our 3D ultrasound & 4D ultrasound services. Should you have any questions that are not answered below, please call us at (248) 965-9557 or email us.
When is the best time to get a 3D ultrasound?
Well, that depends on what you’d like to see! Many moms like to come back for a second 3D ultrasound later in pregnancy.
20-25 weeks is a fun time for a 4D ultrasound DVD video. Baby is small enough to see most of their body on the screen & you can watch them kick and stretch.
27-33 weeks is the best time to see baby’s face with 3D ultrasound. At this time, facial features are prominent, and the cheeks have filled in nicely with fat. Baby looks more like a newborn at this time.
Is 3D ultrasound covered by my insurance?
No, your insurance will not cover the 3D ultrasound because this is a non-diagnostic, elective ultrasound for your enjoyment. This is an out-of-pocket expense, due at the start of your appointment. We accept cash, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, & Discover cards.
Will I be able to find out the gender of my baby?
Yes, at 14 weeks we can determine the gender with a very high accuracy. However in the event that we cannot see the gender (usually due to the position of baby, umbilical cord, or amount of amniotic fluid), we will bring you back for a free rescan the following week, until we are able to determine the gender.
Will I get beautiful, clear pictures of my baby’s face?
Usually, but not always. There are so many factors that can affect the results. Every baby scans differently depending on baby’s position, placental location, gestational age, mothers body type, amniotic fluid, etc. We always try our best to get you the best images possible, and we use the best & latest imaging technology available.
However, we don’t want you to have unrealistic expectations for your 3D ultrasound. Sometimes, if baby is looking down towards your spine persistently, it will be difficult to see the face. Some babies cuddle up close to the placenta and cover their face with hands or feet. We cannot guarantee specific images, nor can we guarantee that your baby will allow us to get a perfect “full front face” shot. 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. Clarity depends upon the amount of amniotic fluid & how hydrated you are.
If we are unable to obtain any acceptable pictures during your 3D ultrasound, we will invite you back for a one-time rescan, free of charge, within 1-2 weeks.
Is 3D ultrasound safe for my baby?
Yes. 3D ultrasound uses the same safe sound waves and intensity as the 2D ultrasound your doctor uses. Our 3D/4D ultrasounds are all performed by an ARDMS sonographer. 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 notified about my 3D/4D ultrasound?
No, we will not contact your doctor prior to your elective 3D ultrasound 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.
Can I still have a 3D ultrasound if I do not want to know the gender?
Yes, we see plenty of moms who do not want to find out gender until birth. You can absolutely still have an 3D/4D 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.
Can my kids come to the 3D/4D ultrasound? How many people can I bring?
Family and friends are always welcome! We encourage you to bring them to your 3D ultrasound, if you’d like to. We can comfortably seat up to 10 of your guests in our ultrasound suite. Children are welcome, however, another adult must accompany you & tend to them.
Will the 15 minute package be enough time for me?
The 15 minute package is not designed for capturing “lots of pictures”. It’s an option for moms who aren’t interested in a full package but want a quick peek & a few pictures of baby. If you’re 26 weeks or less, 15 minutes is suitable, since baby is smaller & you can see them move around in the womb.
If you wish to capture lots of beautiful face images or you’re over 26 weeks, you will want more time to work with baby. 15 minutes goes by very quick, so please be sure this is enough time for your objective. Also, if you are bringing guests, you will want more time to enjoy the ultrasound.
What can I do to prepare & get the best pictures possible?
If you want clear images, it is absolutely imperative that you drink the recommended 64-80 ounces of water every day for at least 4 days prior to your appointment. This helps ensure your amniotic fluid is nice and clear, & there will be more fluid in front of the baby’s face. If there is not adequate fluid around the baby, we will NOT be able to see clearly.
Also, you’ll want to drink a glass of fruit juice 30 minutes before your appointment, to get baby moving.
Will you tell me how big my baby is or if they are 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 ARDMS sonographer qualified to perform these services, we will not take any measurements or provide any assessment of fetal well being.
What’s the difference between 3D ultrasound, 4D ultrasound & 5D ultrasound?
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 and adds a digital light source, adding depth, and showing details that could never be seen before.
Do I need an appointment? Do you take walk-ins?
Appointments are necessary for all of our services & we cannot accommodate walk-ins. We are open by appointment only, and each time slot is scheduled based on the amount of time included in the package. For this reason, we need to know which package you want in advance, and you will not be able to change your package at the last minute.
How can I cancel or reschedule my 3D ultrasound?
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, or call us at (248) 965-9557.
If you 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 cancel/reschedule within 24 hours of your appointment time, you will need to call our office & you will be charged a $40 cancellation fee.