Frequent Questions

Frequent Questions About 3D/4D Ultrasound

The questions listed below are the most frequently asked questions about our Elective Prenatal 3D & 4D Ultrasound packages. Should you have any questions that are not answered below, please call us at (707) 446-3D4D (3343) or feel free to send us an email at alittleinsight@sbcglobal.net.

 

What is an elective prenatal ultrasound?

We offer elective 2D, 3D & 4D prenatal ultrasounds to provide a proactive, positive bonding experience for the mother, father and family members with the unborn baby. Realistic surface images provide a connection between the parents and baby that can be beneficial to the whole family. A medical, diagnostic ultrasound 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.

Does this take the place of an ultrasound at my doctor's office?

ABSOLUTELY NOT! Women seeking an elective prenatal ultrasound with A Little Insight 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. Your imaging session at A Little Insight is strictly an elective ultrasound. We demonstrate and document only the existence of a heart beat. Please note, at no time is this elective experience to be confused with, or used in place of, a diagnostic ultrasound.

Is it safe? Are there any risks to me, or my baby?

Extensive studies over 40 years have found that ultrasound has not been shown to cause any maternal or fetal harm. Routine diagnostic scanning of all pregnancies is now a normal procedure. 3D/4D scans use EXACTLY the same type and intensity of ultrasonic waves as in conventional 2D scan.

The combination of increased data gathering (listening) by the transducer and software interpretation after data acquisition creates these amazing 3D 4D images and not a higher intensity, frequency or ‘power' output. Our guidelines dictate the systems to be used in the Obstetric Application Mode. This mode is capped by the manufacturer (GE) below the FDA limits (94 milliwatts/cm2) for exposure. In fact, the system takes simultaneous 2D scans in saggital, coronal and transverse planes and the software renders the 3D 4D images. It's that simple! We recommend that parents discuss with their doctor about any safety concern on 3D 4D ultrasound.

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. However, plan on spending an hour with us for the Platinum Experience so we can select and print your favorite photos from the session.

How far along should I be before I have a 4D ultrasound?

If you plan on having only one 4D ultrasound session, we would recommend having the ultrasound performed between the 26th and 34th 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 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. 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 have seating for up to 15 extra people. We encourage our clients to invite family and friends to attend the elective 3D/4D ultrasound session. This is an exciting time and wonderful experience that should be shared with your family and loved ones.

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 as early as 15 weeks. 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.

Is the 4D ultrasound covered by Insurance?

At this point, insurance does not cover the costs of our ultrasounds. Since this is an elective procedure and is not intended to be a replacement for your doctor ordered ultrasound, you will need to pay the cost of this ultrasound as an out of pocket expense. We accept cash, Master card, and Visa.

What can I do to improve the images of my ultrasound?

WATER, WATER, WATER!!! You should be drinking plenty of water beginning at least 7 days before your scheduled appointment. Water can improve the quality of an ultrasound. Moms that are full-figured should consider scheduling their 3D/4D ultrasound between 31 and 35 weeks of pregnancy, as the ultrasound tends to be clearer and the results are more comparable to those in our images gallery.

What kind of ultrasound equipment do you use to perform the 3D/4D ultrasounds?

We use the state-of-the-art GE Voluson S8 to complete all ultrasound sessions. The GE Voluson S8 has been seen in GE television commercials and many printed articles from around the world. This machine is the finest 2D, 3D and 4D ultrasound machine available anywhere.

How much does it cost?

We have packages to fit just about anyone's budget. Please refer to our Ultrasound Pricing page for more information on available packages.