Elective Prenatal Ultrasound
The questions listed below are the most frequently asked questions about our Elective Prenatal Ultrasound packages.
What is an elective prenatal Ultrasound?
We offer elective 2D, 3D & 4D prenatal Ultrasounds to provide a positive experience for the mother, father and family members with the unborn baby. We feel that realistic surface images provide a connection between the parents and baby that can be beneficial to the whole family. We make no claims that 3-D as used in this examination is performed to better assess the baby for abnormalities. A routine Ultrasound examination should have already been performed to assess the gestational age of the fetus and to evaluate for fetal anomalies as well as the basic components of fetal anatomy recommended for screening.
Does this take the place of an Ultrasound at my doctor’s office?
ABSOLUTELY NOT! Women seeking an elective prenatal 3D4D Ultrasound must already 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. The issues that we are evaluating in the elective prenatal Ultrasound session include a limited diagnostic scan to confirm heartbeat, the number of babies in the pregnancy, the position of the baby, and the placental location. At no time is this exam to be used in place of a complete diagnostic Ultrasound.
Is it safe? Are there any risks to me, or my baby?
Extensive studies over 30 years have found that Ultrasound has 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.
Do I need an appointment?
Yes, appointments are necessary for all of our services.
How long does the 4D Ultrasound take?
Depending on the package you choose, the 4D Ultrasound session will last between 15 and 30 minutes. Plan on a little extra time in case we need to work with your baby if he or she is in a tough position for ideal images.
How far along should I be before I have a 4D Ultrasound?
If you plan on having only one 4D Ultrasound examination, we would recommend having the examination performed between the 29th and 36th week of the pregnancy. However, excellent 3D images of your baby can be obtained anytime after about 24 weeks of pregnancy. Many mothers obtain more than one 4D Ultrasound and have images to enjoy from their second and third trimesters.
Will I always get a beautiful picture of my baby?
Usually, but not always. Sometimes if the baby is persistently looking face down, i.e. towards your spine it may be difficult to see the baby’s face. If this happens, a repeat scan will usually succeed because the baby has turned to a favorable position. We make no promises that the images will be similar to those you might have seen elsewhere or even from our clinic, or that we can always meet everyone’s expectations. Every baby scans differently, depending on its gestational age, position, amount of fluid, and mother’s condition. We promise to make every effort to obtain the best possible images of whatever parts of the baby that can be seen.
Can I bring my family and friends?
Yes. In fact, we encourage our clients to invite family and friends to attend the elective 4D Ultrasound session. This is a joyous and wonderful bonding experience, one that can be shared with your family and loved ones.
Are you able to tell the gender of the baby?
Yes, in most cases we can provide an indication of the gender of the baby as early as 16 weeks. In a few cases, the position of the baby, mom’s body type, position of the placenta all may “block” our view for a good look. However, in these rare cases, usually a small walk and waiting until the baby cooperates a while later will work.
Is the 4D Ultrasound covered by Insurance?
At this point, insurance does not cover the costs of elective Ultrasounds. Since this is an elective procedure and is not intended for medical use, you will need to pay the cost of this Ultrasound as an out of pocket expense. We accept cash, Visa, MasterCard, and debit cards.
How much does it cost?
We have packages to fit just about anyone’s budget. Please refer to the Price List section of the website for pricing.
I see you offer DVD’s and CD-Rom’s. What is on the DVD and what is on the CD-Rom?
Most of our 4D sessions include a DVD of your session set to lullaby music. Since the majority of your session is spent in 4D mode, we want to capture it all for you on video so that you can relive the experience again and again. A CD-Rom includes all of the still images that we capture of your baby so that you have a digital copy. It will include as many images as we can capture during the session which will vary from baby to baby depending on their activity. You can use your CD to print photos and email to family and friends, post on Facebook, etc. On the CD, with some sessions, we will also burn 1 to 2 short video clips of your baby moving in 4D. Even though you may have the entire session on the DVD, these clips are generally small enough that you can quickly and easily share them with family and friends.