Best time for a 3D Ultrasound & Redos

When is the best time to schedule a 3D 4D ultrasound?

We can perform an ultrasound at any time during the pregnancy, but the best 3D/4D imaging results are generally acquired between 26 and 33 weeks.  Very late in the pregnancy, the baby gets very crowded and it is difficult to view the face, although we have gotten terrific 3D and 4D ultrasound pictures in babies as late as 39 weeks!  Also, if your baby is uncooperative on the day of your ultrasound then you have plenty of time to come back for a redo ultrasound.  

You must be at least 14.5 weeks to determine gender.  We have 2 gender ultrasound packages that are ONLY performed later in pregnancy or after 16 weeks gestation.


Will my Ultrasound pictures be perfect?

Well, the answer to that question is..  Hopefully, but not always. However, we promise to make every effort to obtain the best images.
Every baby scans differently, depending on its gestational age, position, amount of fluid, and mother’s condition.  Unfortunately, we cannot make any guarantees 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.  We have learned that a Great Picture is determined differently from person to person.  If we are unable to get clear pictures due to Mom’s body type or condition then we are under no obligation to redo the ultrasound free of charge.  It’s just a matter of physics.

Also, with the use of the new light source in HDlive Ultrasound, there tends to be more shadows than with the usual 4D Ultrasound.  If your baby has anatomy in front of it’s face then your baby may have more shadowing.  If this occurs then we will use 4D ultrasound to obtain clearer pictures.

Perfection is Subjective!  I love an action shot =)
The babies below are playing hard to scan but were absolutely adorable scans!  Lots of Peek~a~boos!


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 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


Below are pictures of babies that are born inside an intact amniotic sac.  Imagine your baby still inside your belly rolled up into these positions.  This explains why it may be difficult to get your baby to re-position.  There isn’t much room for a lot of movement depending on how baby is curled up.


The pictures above are babies scanned in 3D 4D and HDlive ultrasound.  As you can see some of these babies are in difficult positions.  Sometimes we can get them to move their hands or feet and show their beautiful faces and sometimes Mommy must come back for another try.


Redo appointments for uncooperative babies.

If your baby is hiding and does not show it’s face, then you will be asked to return for a free redo ultrasound.  Redo appointments must be completed within 2 weeks.  Appointments are not done on Saturdays unless your appointment was originally on a Saturday.  If your baby was difficult but does show it’s face, we consider this a successful ultrasound.  Although we wish we could position your baby perfectly, the fact is that no one can control what your baby will be doing inside your belly. For instance,  your baby could be putting a hand in it’s mouth, an arm over it’s face or have a foot on top of it’s forehead, we say, Enjoy the cuteness!  Maybe next time baby will show us more =)  We promise to give you and your baby 100% of our skill, attention and energy.

♦  If you are not sure if you qualify for a redo ultrasound, please stop and ask.  Sometimes Mommies are overwhelmed after an unsuccessful ultrasound and do not hear the tech offer the redo appointment, it happens, so please ask.  We  prefer you to schedule your redo before you leave our studio but if you need to check your schedules then you may schedule online by clicking any of our GENBOOK icons and choosing “redo for shy baby” Or redo for placenta baby”  THANK YOU!  Kim, Owner


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 and 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.


Enjoy A Peek at some of our beautiful baby pictures below.
1)  3D images from a 4D ultrasound session
2)  HDlive still images then followed by some 2D pictures =) 


This is the same baby below in 2D,  3D still photo and a HDlive still Photo.


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Baby is 36 weeks in a 3D image

Getting To Know Your Baby

In the past, expectant parents were not able to see their baby’s facial features or expressions before they were born. With today’s 3D 4D and HD technology, parents are able to see their babies yawn, smile and even perform intricate finger movements. Instead of the traditional 2D baby ultrasound scans that most parents are used to seeing, these realistic 3 and 4 dimensional scans provide a connection between parents and child that are beneficial for the whole family to enjoy. Studies have shown a greater bonding experience when seen in 3D ulrasound!

3D ultrasound and 4D ultrasound are essentially the same technology with the only difference being 4D adds the dimension of time, thus creating a video scan.

We offer 3D and 4D ultrasound packages that make wonderful keepsakes from your pregnancy. Throughout your life you will enjoy having your 3d ultrasound video and photos.

As many people don’t know where to go to get elective pregnancy ultrasound scans, one of the driving forces behind opening our studio was to make 3D & 4D ultrasound easily accessible in Massachusetts without fighting traffic in the city. We are located just 10 minutes from Quincy ma and Braintree Ma.  We wanted to offer a convenient, welcoming and affordable way to have a truly special experience “meeting” your baby in utero.

WHAT KIND OF ULTRASOUND EQUIPMENT DO YOU USE TO PERFORM ALL YOUR ULTRASOUNDS?

We use the state of the art equipment from GE to complete all Ultrasound examinations. Our equipment hdlive GE E8 Ultrasound Machinehas been seen in GE television commercials and many printed articles from around the world. Our machine is the best 2D, 3D and 4D Ultrasound machine available with HDlive as the cherry on top!

Please note, many organizations claim to use “state-of-the-art” equipment, when in fact they use older or inferior technology.  Only the GE E8 Expert 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 4D ultrasound video unlike any other on the market today.

WHEN WILL I RECEIVE THE PICTURES, ON FLASH DRIVE, 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 set to music. We record the entire session so you don’t miss anything. We want you to see the baby yawn, pout, smile, stretch and hiccup!  Your DVD is an unedited, complete movie of what is seen during our ultrasound.  If you decide later that you want your 4d ultrasound video,  we can send it to you via e-mail with our BabyFlix App.

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 almost all of our packages. We prefer to check gender after the baby reaches 16 weeks however, we do start gender at 14.5 weeks. Early Gender determination cannot be guaranteed since we must rely on the cooperation of the baby and several other factors outside of our control. But, if you are at least 14.5 weeks along and we cannot see the baby’s gender due to a stubborn little one, we will bring you back for free!

DO I NEED TO HAVE A FULL BLADDER?

No, a full bladder does not always improve the ultrasound pictures in an average sized woman.  But, being well hydrated increases the transparency of the amniotic fluid.  This greatly affects the clarity of the 3D pictures and 4D videos. It is recommended that you drink plenty of water for the 2 or 3 days before your appointment.  If you any questions, please call us at 781-878-1230

WILL MY INSURANCE PAY FOR THE APPOINTMENT? 

At this point, insurance does not cover the costs of 3d Ultrasounds. Since this ultrasound is elective and is not intended to be a replacement for a complete diagnostic Ultrasound. We accept cash, Visa, MasterCard, Amex and debit cards.  How much does a 4D ultrasound cost? Check out our 3d and 4d ultrasound packages here.

CAN I BRING ANYONE WITH ME TO WATCH THE ULTRASOUND?

Absolutely. Our scanning suite is large enough to accommodate 15 or more family members and friends. Bring everyone and anyone you wish!  We have 5 screens and a lot of seating so everyone has a front row seat for the big show. We also have a “kids” zone to occupy children.


* Ask us about LIVE Internet streaming with Babyflix for those who cannot be with you at or studio during your scan.  We do NOT charge a Per Person fee for this service, so you may invite as many people as you wish with a click of a button. You will also receive an archived or OnDemand internet stream saved to your own personal Babyflix account to keep forever!

DO I NEED AN APPOINTMENT?

Yes. Our ultrasound sessions are by appointment only. Occasionally we do have cancellations, Call us as early as possible if you are interested in a same day appointment.  781-878-1230


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