Frequently Asked Questions!
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These are the most frequently asked questions about our Prenatal Ultrasound sessions. Should you have any questions that are not answered below, please call us.
A 3d ultrasound is a static 3 dimensional image of your baby and 4D adds the dimension of time, allowing you to see your baby’s movements in the womb in real time. While you do go home with images of your baby (3D), the most miraculous part of the experience is seeing your baby move inside the womb. Watch as they smile, yawn and play with their toes. We spend the majority of your session in 4D mode so that you don’t miss any precious movements.. All of our 3d/4d/HD sessions are done in 4D mode with the exception of gender determination. Our gender determination is done primarily in 2D for better accuracy.
Our new GE Voluson equipment offers not only superior 3D/4D Ultrasound technology but also a newer feature called HDlive. HDlive ultrasound goes beyond 3D/4D Ultrasound to provide you with realistic images of your baby in the womb with unsurpassed clarity. Some are referring to this technology as “High Definition” and “5D “Ultrasound since it goes beyond what we have seen before with 3D/4D Ultrasound. HDlive has better skin rendering and shows more depth. We can also adjust a light source to provide a variety of views of the same image. The “HD” refers to the better rendering of the ultrasound and “Live” refers to the fact that we can see baby moving in real-time.
Also referred to as “Real 5D” image edits. These are edited images using 8k technology to provide you with a realistic interpretation of what your newborn baby will look like in a photo at birth. You will receive a high resolution jpeg as well as a video in an mp4 format showing the transition from the Ultrasound image to the photo-realistic image.
This service is an add-on option following any 3D/4D/HD Ultrasound session. Click on the video to see an example. View more examples in our 8k gallery here.
ABSOLUTELY NOT! Women seeking a prenatal Ultrasound with GoldenView 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.
During the ultrasound session we confirm the heartbeat, the number of babies in the pregnancy, the position of the baby, and the placental location. Please note, at no time is this exam to be used in place of a complete diagnostic Ultrasound.
Yes, appointments are necessary for all of our services. Same-day appointments are often available and we offer daytime, evening and weekend hours for your convenience. Click here to schedule online ( link to https://goldenviewschedule.as.me/ ) or call (888) 915-2229 for all locations to schedule an appointment.
Depending on the session you choose, the 3d/4d/HD Ultrasound session will last between 15 and 25 minutes, however, plan on spending 30 minutes to 45 minutes at our facility to allow time for the check-in and check-out process and some extra time in case we need to get baby to move.
We offer our 3D/4D/HD Ultrasound sessions throughout the pregnancy. However, we recommend that you wait until at least 20 weeks.
If you plan on having only one Ultrasound examination, we would recommend having the examination performed between the 27th and 33nd week of the pregnancy. This allows baby time to ad fat stores and will give a better idea of baby’s facial features.
However, excellent images of your baby can be obtained anytime after about 20 weeks of pregnancy. 20-26 weeks is a great time to come in to see more of overall baby and to visualize fetal movement.
While we can never guarantee the quality or number of images obtained, the odds of getting images do tend to go down past the 36th week due to the large size of the baby, less fluid in front of the face and other factors. Many mothers obtain more than one 3D/4D/HD Ultrasound and have images to enjoy from their second and third trimesters. We do offer a 10% discount of all future ultrasounds after your first visit.
We do offer a Late Peek position check at 37 weeks at a very reasonable price. If you come in for the Late Peek and baby is still in a good position for 3D/4D/HD ultrasound we can upgrade your session. We have been able to view some very late term babies.
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 more favorable position. We make no promises that the images will be similar to those you might have seen elsewhere or even from our studio, 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. We do not offer refunds on any of our services but do offer a free second session (weekdays only) if we are not able to obtain at least a partial view of baby’s facial features. While we do our best, we cannot guarantee full face images. The need for the return visit is at the ultrasound technicians discretion and should be scheduled within 2 weeks or in the time frame deemed most appropriate by the ultrasound technician.
Ultrasound works best when the sound waves have plenty of fluid to travel through. A well hydrated system of the mother will help to optimize the images. This is probably the most important factor.
Increased body weight of the mother can often affect the quality because sound does not travel as easily through tissue as it does fluid. Full figured mothers should consider having their ultrasound
session around 31-35 weeks.
Yes. In fact, we encourage our clients to invite family and friends to attend the ultrasound session. This is a joyous and wonderful experience, one that can be shared with your family and loved ones. We can comfortably accommodate up 5 to 8 people in addition to the mom. More than 5 guests may come with you but this gives you a general idea of the amount of seating in the room. We can work to accommodate others. Our seating is specifically arranged so that everyone in your party will have an excellent view of our large screen 4D images of the baby. Babies and children are also always welcome at our facility.
Don’t forget to ask about Sonostream Live, our internet streaming service for family and friends far away that cannot attend the session with you for just a small fee of $12.95.
Yes, in most cases we can provide an indication of the sex of the baby. 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. If we are unable to determine the sex of the baby, we will reschedule a quick peek return visit one week later at no additional cost. We will continue to offer this return visit until we can obtain an optimum view.
We offer gender determination ultrasound as early as 13 weeks gestation. Please chose our Gender Reveal Ultrasound Session or Ultimate Gender Reveal Ultrasound session if you are 13- 20 weeks gestation . Those 20 weeks and over can also schedule a 3D/4D/HD Ultrasound session which also includes gender determination upon request.
In our Boston, MA and San Antonio, TX locations we also offer DNA Gender Blood tests starting at just 6 weeks. Currently unavailable in NYC due to legislation however, we are still happy to offer Gender Determination by ultrasound 13 weeks and up. This is also a fun way to see baby moves, hear baby’s heartbeat and get precious ultrasound photos.
We may ask you to close your eyes and will turn the monitor away during the ultrasound session until it’s safe to get a peek at what the baby is up to in the womb without showing the gender. If you don’t want to know at all, we will avoid the area.
If you do want to find out at a later time we will likewise find the gender while you are unable to view the session. We offer gender-reveal confetti cannons and gender-reveal surprise boxes as an upgrade or we can work with you to notify a trusted party of the gender or simply write it down in a sealed envelope.
At this point, insurance does not cover the costs of our Ultrasounds. Since this ultrasound is elective and is not intended to be a replacement for a complete diagnostic Ultrasound, you will need to pay the cost of this Ultrasound as an out-of-pocket expense. However, you will find our ultrasound services to be very affordable with services starting at around just $60 up to around just $200. Well worth the memories you will create.
We accept cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Amex, and debit cards
We use the state of the art equipment from GE to complete all Ultrasound examinations. Our equipment has been seen in GE television commercials and many printed articles from around the world. This machine is the best 2D, 3D, 4D and HD Ultrasound machine available.
Please note, many organizations claim to use “state-of-the-art” equipment, when in fact they use older or inferior technology. Only the GE equipment generates 3D images with amazing clarity and gives you the same clarity with 4D imagery of your baby in motion. Our sonogram equipment allows you to see your baby in live motion video unlike any other on the market today.
We have sessions to fit just about anyone’s budget. Please refer to our pricing section of the website for pricing.
Please try to allow us at least 48 hours notice for cancellations. Any cancellation or reschedule less than 24 hours prior to the appointment may be subject to a $50 late cancellation fee. Any no show will be subject to a $50 no show fee.
Not necessarily. Many clients with anterior placenta ( in front ) often ask if there will be difficulty seeing their baby with a 3d/4d ultrasound. A large percentage of our clients have anterior placenta and we are able to scan from the side and around the placenta to see the baby. In some cases, the baby will face into the placenta, whether it is anterior, posterior ( along the back) or fundal ( along the top), in which case, we will work to try to get the baby to move away from the placenta. Some of the images will have parts of the placenta in them, after all, we are imaging the baby in the womb. We will do our best to get as much of the face in view as possible but a full face shot is not always available.
Similarly, babies are often going to be putting their hands and feet in their face and may not free up a view of the entire face. Many moms write back to tell us that their babies make the same gestures and put hands and feet in the face after birth just as they did in the womb and it makes them treasure the ultrasound images even more.
We are proud to offer a customized app that allows us to email you a link to your images that you can then instantly download, print or share. You may even share the link with family and friends. We do ask that you download within a week of receiving your images.
For video, we also share a digital download of your ultrasound session with the same cloud-based app. You may add this option in our office if it is not included in your package. This is a great way to share the entire ultrasound with family and friends who may not be able to attend the ultrasound session. The Video is downloadable and editable if you would like to add your own touches to it. We also ask that you download it within a week.