3D ultrasound frequently asked questions 4D & HD ultrasound
FAQs – Your Questions Answered
The 3D ultrasound frequently asked questions listed below cover about our limited diagnostic Prenatal Ultrasound packages. We discuss 3D ultrasound, 4D ultrasound and HD ultrasound questions. Should you have any other questions, please feel free to call us at (361) 500-4148 or send an email.
What is a limited diagnostic prenatal ultrasound?
We offer limited diagnostic live-motion 4D ultrasound experience to provide a positive bond for parents with their unborn baby. We also provide a video and baby photos. Research shows that realistic surface images provide a connection between the parents and baby that can be beneficial to the whole family.
The ultrasound used in this exam is not performed to better assess the baby for abnormalities. A routine diagnostic examination should have already been performed to assess the gestational age of the fetus and for screening of genetic disorders and fetal anomalies.
Does this replace the ultrasound at my doctor’s office?
ABSOLUTELY NOT! Women seeking a limited diagnostic prenatal ultrasound with La Vita Bella Ultrasound must already be receiving prenatal care with a healthcare provider to confirm their due date, screen for fetal anomalies, and to diagnose any other pregnancy related issues.
We include a limited diagnostic scan to confirm the gender, number of babies, baby’s presentation, placental location and measure the heart rate. Please note, 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 35 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/HD 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 HDimages 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 HD images. It’s that simple!
We provide forms to mothers and physicians/midwives with clear written statements of the services offered at La Vita Bella Ultrasound. We highly recommend that parents discuss with their doctor about any safety concern on 3D 4D HD ultrasound.
What kind of ultrasound equipment do you use to perform the 3D ultrasound 4D ultrasound and HD ultrasound?
We use the state-of-the-art technology – the GE. This GE system has been shown in TV commercials and featured in many articles from around the world. It is THE machine to perform HD live-motion ultrasound. Please note, many centers claim to use “state-of-the-art” equipment, when in fact they use older, inferior technology or do software upgrades for HD configuration. This compromises the quality of images. Unquestionably, it’s the machine that makes the biggest difference in HD technology. So insist on a GE system.
Do I need an appointment for 3D sonogram?
Yes, appointments are necessary for all of our services. For weekend and evening appointments, we encourage you to schedule well in advance.
How long does the 3D 4D prenatal ultrasound session take?
Plan to be with us for 30 to 45 minutes. The ultrasound itself is generally 15 to 20 minutes, and we need some time for registration / eligibility, and to get everyone comfortable and situated for your ultrasound experience.
How far along should I be before I have a HD ultrasound?
We begin gender determination in 2D as early as 13 weeks. If you plan on having only one 3D session, we recommend having the exam performed between 30 and 34 weeks. However, excellent images can be obtained at any stage of pregnancy! Many mothers opt for our 2-visit Platinum Plus package to see the baby’s growth from the second to the third trimester. For twins, we recommend scans before 30 weeks. Being well hydrated is the best way to prepare for your HD experience at any stage of pregnancy, so be sure to be drinking LOTS of WATER for several days before your appointment with us.
Will I always get beautiful 3D ultrasound pregnancy pictures?
In most cases you will. Sometimes if the baby’s position is face down, i.e., towards your spine, it may be difficult to see the baby’s face. In this case, a complimentary rescan will be scheduled . However, the scan images may not be similar to those you saw elsewhere or even from our center. Every baby scans differently, depending on the gestational age, position, amount of fluid, placental location and mother’s body habitus. However, we promise to make every effort to obtain the best images.
Can I bring family and friends for the 3D baby ultrasound session?
Yes. In fact, we encourage you to invite family (including siblings) and friends to attend. This is a wonderful and educational experience that will linger in your memories for a lifetime.
For those family members and friends who can’t accompany you to your ultrasound, we now offer our exciting Sonostream LIVE technology whereby they can watch your ultrasound session live, in real-time over the internet from the comfort of their home or office! Click here to learn more about Sonostream LIVE!
Can you determine the gender during 4D baby ultrasound?
Yes, in almost all cases we provide confirmation of your baby’s gender (only if requested). However, if the baby is uncooperative during the session and we are unable to confirm gender ID, we schedule a complimentary repeat scan for a later date.
Does Insurance cover the 3D pregnancy ultrasound procedure?
At this point, insurance does not cover this as it’s a limited diagnostic procedure and is not intended to be a replacement for your physician ordered ultrasound. You will need to pay this as an out of pocket expense. We accept cash, Visa, MasterCard and debit cards.
How much does it cost to receive the 4D pregnancy pictures?
We have various packages to fit anyone’s budget. Please refer to the Pricing section for our packages. We highly recommend that you call us for price comparison as on an ongoing basis, we have seasonal discount specials.