Below are some frequently asked questions:
WHAT IS ULTRASOUND IMAGING?
Ultrasound technology uses high frequency sound waves. The waves bounce off the tissue and return to the ultrasound machine at different frequencies, depending on the density of the tissue. Our ultrasound machine is a highly specialized computer (just like you would find at the doctors office) that translates the returning sound waves into images for viewing on the computer monitor. The machine at our 3D ultrasound location is an FDA approved 3D/4D sonogram machine.
What is the difference between 2D, 3D and 4D?
2D, 3D and 4D sonograms are trademarked terminology used in the industry to distinguish the different types of pictures and videos that can be provided.
2D ultrasounds are the traditional black & white ultrasounds that you have probably seen before. The pictures show the skeletal structure (outline) of the baby. You also get to see the baby moving in 2D! This is the type of ultrasound that was probably used for your diagnostic ultrasound. It is still the best technology for gathering measurements of the baby and ensuring that the baby is developing as expected. And most accurate way of determining gender.
3D ultrasound shows the tissue of the baby, which is more realistic baby pictures. We can see the roundness of the baby's face, the shape of the nose and the contours of the lips. The color is actually not the color of the baby, it is computer enhanced to make the pictures more appealing.
4D ultrasound shows the tissue of the baby as the baby is moving. This will provide moving clips of your baby in action! The 4D video clips of your baby are similar to the 3D pictures - but in motion! This is where you see your baby smile, stretch or yawn.
WHAT TYPE OF TRAINING DO WE HAVE?
All our imaging technicians have been specially trained to do prenatal ultrasound imaging. We use state-of-the-art ultrasound equipment specifically calibrated for fetal imaging. All our imaging techs are trained in the specific fetal imaging methods, programs and applications required to get the best pictures and video possible. We have been open since January of 2003. We have more imaging experience than anyone else around.
WHEN WILL I RECEIVE THE PICTURES, CD AND DVD?
All your keepsake items will be ready for you to take home when you leave. The DVD is a video recording of your entire session. We film the entire session so you don't miss anything. We want you to get to see the baby yawn, stretch and hiccup!
WILL WE BE ABLE TO TELL IF THE BABY IS A GIRL OR A BOY?
We are happy to check gender, and this service is included in all of our packages. We prefer to check gender after the baby reaches 18 weeks. Gender determination cannot be guaranteed since we must rely on the cooperation of the baby and several other factors outside our control. But, if you are at least 18 weeks along and we can't tell the baby's gender, we will bring you back for free!
DO I NEED TO HAVE A FULL BLADDER?
No, a full bladder does not improve the ultrasound pictures. But, being well hydrated increases the transparency of the amniotic fluid. This greatly affects the clarity of the pictures and videos. It is recommended that you drink plenty of water at least 2 or 3 days before your appointment.
WILL MY INSURANCE PAY FOR THE APPOINTMENT?
No, elective ultrasounds are not covered by insurance.
CAN I BRING ANYONE WITH ME TO WATCH THE ULTRASOUND?
Absolutely. Our studio rooms are large enough to accommodate several family members and friends. Bring everyone and anyone you want! We have 3 screens in each room.
DO I NEED AN APPOINTMENT?
Yes. Our ultrasound sessions are by appointment only.
DO I NEED TO BRING A BLANK CD OR DVD TO THE APPOINTMENT?
No. We provide everything but the baby.