Q & A
The questions listed below are the most frequently asked questions about our 3D/4D ultrasounds. Should you have any questions that are not answered below, please contact us.
Q: What’s the difference between 2D, 3D, and 4D Ultrasounds?
Traditional 2D imaging only takes a look at the baby from one angle thus creating the flat black and white image. 3D imaging takes a view of the baby from three different angles. Software then takes these three images and merges them together to produce a mind blowing three dimensional image of your precious baby. Because the fourth dimension is time and movement, with 4D you are able to watch the live movements of your baby in 3D. You may catch him sucking his thumb or her playing with her feet.
Q: What is HD LIVE?
HD LIVE is the newest and best technology in Ultrasounds. With 3D/4D Ultrasounds you are now able to see your baby with life like color. HD LIVE uses a virtual light source, a digital flashlight, by adding shadows and light reflection to create a deeper and more refined image.
Q: Does this take the place of an ultrasound at my doctor’s office?
ABSOLUTELY NOT! Women seeking an elective ultrasound MUST be receiving treatment with a healthcare provider for prenatal care and have already undergone a medical, diagnostic ultrasound ordered by their provider to confirm their due date, screen for fetal anomalies, and to look for any other pregnancy related issues.
If you are a patient of Arizons Obstetrics and Gynecology, then a 2D diagnostic ultrasound should have been set prior to the elective 3D/4D ultrasound. The 3D/4D ultrasound is simply for the enjoyment of seeing your baby and hearing your baby’s heartbeat. Please note, at no time is this exam to be used in place of a complete diagnostic ultrasound.
Q: Is it safe? Are there any risks to me, or my baby?
Extensive studies over 30 years have found that ultrasounds have not been shown to cause any harm to mother or baby. Routine scanning of all pregnancies is now normal throughout the United States. In 3D/4D scanning exactly the same type and intensity of ultrasound is used as with conventional 2D scanning. 3D and 4D Ultrasound both utilize sound waves to look inside the body. The technology is similar to radar. A probe placed on the body emits sound waves into the body, listens for the return echo and generates an image. 4D ultrasound will be similar to a conventional scan in terms of exposure.
Q: Do I need an appointment?
Yes, appointments are necessary for all of our services.
Q: How long does the 3D and 4D ultrasound take?
Depending on the package you choose, the 3D/4D ultrasound session will last between 20 and 30 minutes. Overall, it will be about one hour as we have to have some time to print and edit the pictures.
Q: How far along should I be before I have a 3D/4D ultrasound?
If you plan on having only one 3D/4D ultrasound examination, we would recommend having the examination performed between the 24th and 32nd week of the pregnancy. However, excellent images of your baby can be obtained anytime after about 22 weeks of pregnancy. Many mothers obtain more than one 3D/4D ultrasound and have images to enjoy from their second and third trimesters.
Q: Will I always get a beautiful image of my baby?
Unfortunately there are no guarantees. There are things that are beyond our control. The babies position, the amount of amniotic fluid, and the mothers body type. We have an experienced sonographer who is innovative and this rarely becomes a problem. If it does happen we encourage you to come back another day. We want everyone to be totally satisfied.
Q: What will determine quality of the images?
Fetal position is the number one factor for determining your 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 insist on putting their hands and feet in front of their face. We will try hard to make your baby move in order to see an image of the face. Drinking juice or eating a little candy may help the baby move a little on that day of imaging.
Q:What can I do to improve the images of my ultrasound?
WATER! is the best answer to how to improve your images. You should be drinking plenty of water beginning at least 7 days before your scheduled appointment. Water can improve the quality of an ultrasound
Q: Will I have to pay if I am not satisfied with the results?
Our best customer is a happy one. We get more business from word of mouth then anything else. In the rare event the baby is in a position that does not allow for satisfactory pictures we’ll make arrangements to have you try again.
Q: Can I bring my family and friends?
Yes, this is a family event. We do have somewhat limited space so if you are going to bring friends and/or family, please call ahead so that we can make sure we can accommodate everyone.
Q: Are you able to tell the sex of the baby?
Yes, in most cases we can provide an indication of the sex of the baby, but only if you want us to. We can’t however guarantee that the baby will cooperate during your session. Certain factors such as body tissue content, developmental stage and fetal position all affect the ability to determine sex.
Q: Is the 4D ultrasound covered by Insurance?
This is a limited diagnostic procedure so they do not cover it. We do accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover Card, American Express, personal checks and cash.
Q: How much does it cost?
We have packages to fit just about anyone’s budget. We continuously strive to provide the highest quality products and packages at the most affordable costs. View our Ultrasound Pricing and Packages.