Frequently Asked Questions
The questions listed below are the most frequently asked questions about our Prenatal Ultrasound sessions. Should you have any questions that are not answered below, please call us at (888) 915-BABY (2229).
What is the difference between 3D and 4D ultrasound?
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 sessions are done in 4D mode with the exception of gender determination. Our gender determination is done primarily in 2D for better accuracy.
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.
Does this take the place of an Ultrasound at my doctor's office?
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.
Do I need an appointment?
Yes, appointments are necessary for all of our services. Call 888-915-2229 for all locations to schedule an appointment.
How long does the 4D Ultrasound take?
Depending on the session you choose, the 4D Ultrasound session will last between 15 and 30 minutes, however, plan on spending 30 minutes to one hour at our facility to allow time for you to complete forms and for us to finalize your DVD and print your photos.
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 26th and 32nd week of the pregnancy. However, excellent images of your baby can be obtained anytime after about 22 weeks of pregnancy. We schedule sessions up thru the end of the 36th week.
While we can never guarantee the quality or number of images obtained, the odds of getting images do tend to go down past the 35th week due to the large size of the baby, less fluid in front of the face and other factors. Consider our Platinum Plus two visit session if you would like to come in between 22 and 26 weeks. We also offer repeat visits at a discount and you receive everything that was in your original session. Many mothers obtain more than one 4D Ultrasound and have images to enjoy from their second and third trimesters.
Does the location of my placenta impact the quality of my images?
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.
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. Other factors, such as the baby facing the placenta or lack of amniotic fluid in front of the baby’s face, may affect the quality of the images.
First, our sonographer’s will try repositioning the mom, asking her to walk around, etc. to see if we can obtain a better position. If we are unable to obtain images during the session, we will schedule a repeat scan on a weekday as deemed appropriate by the sonographer, allowing time for the baby to turn 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 experience, one that can be shared with your family and loved ones. We can comfortably accommodate up to 5 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.
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. 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.
Is the 4D Ultrasound covered by Insurance?
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. We accept cash, Visa, MasterCard, and debit cards.
What kind of Ultrasound equipment do you use to perform the 4D Ultrasounds?
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 and 4D 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.
How much does it cost?
We have sessions to fit just about anyone's budget. Please refer to our pricing section of the website for pricing.