FAQ: 3D 4D & HD Ultrasounds. Answers to ALL your ultrasound questions!
MOST IMPORTANT AND FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION….ARE 3D 4D & HDlive ULTRASOUNDS SAFE?
Ultrasound has been a routine practice in prenatal care throughout the U.S. It has been studied for over 35 years, and has been shown to cause no harm to either mother or baby. Your 3D/4D ultrasound session utilizes the same type of ultrasound as a regular 2D scan performed in your doctor’s office.
WHAT IS YOUR MILITARY DISCOUNT?
If Daddy is on active duty and stationed overseas, we want you to share your little miracle with him! $10 OFF any 3D 4D & HDlive Ultrasound
1. $10 OFF any 3D 4D & HDlive 5D Ultrasound
2. FREE upgraded level Babyflix account for deployed Daddies, non deployed will receive an Intro level package
3. Copy of the DVD or CD to send to Daddy so he can see his baby anytime he does not have internet access! ( package must include CD/DVD in order for us to make an extra copy)
4. 20% off any second Heartbeat Bear to send to Daddy
Our heartbeat bears are only $20 for 8″size $30 for bears 15″-19″ size
♥ Be sure to mention military mom special when booking appointment and let us know if the Daddy is away due to military duties and we will set you up with your own upgraded BabyFlix level account! We will need your Military ID
HOW EARLY CAN WE FIND OUT OUR BABY’S GENDER?
Today, ultrasound technology makes it possible to find out the gender of the fetus as early as 14.5 weeks, without the guessing game. During this time, diagnosis of fetal gender is about 95% to 100% accurate. However, with that said, there are still factors that will prohibit any sonographer to clearly determine the gender. To accurately determine the sex of the baby, a sonographer needs to be able to see evidence of the penis and scrotum, in the case of a boy, and the labia, in the case of a girl. An absence of the penis alone must not be taken as sufficient evidence of the fetus being a girl.
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. We use a GE E8 Expert ultrasound machine loaded with up to date software. 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.
WILL 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 MY 3D 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. The reality is, that it is pure physics that makes it difficult to see your baby in overweight women.
Perfection is Subjective! I love an action shot =)
DO I NEED AN APPOINTMENT FOR A 3D 4D or HDlive SONOGRAM?
Yes, appointments are necessary, but if you call early in the day there is a good chance we can get you scheduled that same day! For weekend and evening appointments, we encourage you to schedule well in advance. Click the GENBOOK icon below to schedule your appointment now
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO SCHEDULE MY 3D/4D APPOINTMENT?
We can perform an ultrasound at any time during the pregnancy, but the best 3D/4D imaging results are generally acquired between 26 and 32 weeks. We recommend 26 to 32 weeks, if at when possible. Very late in the pregnancy, the baby gets very crowded and it is difficult to view the face although we have gotten terrific 3D ultrasound pictures in babies as late as 39 weeks! You must be at least 14.5 weeks to determine gender
WHAT IS ULTRASOUND IMAGING?
Ultrasound technology uses high frequency sound waves. The waves bounce off 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 that translates the returning sound waves into images for viewing on its computer monitor. Our machine is an FDA approved ultrasound machine.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN 2D, 3D AND 4D IMAGING?
2D, 3D and 4D 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 you have probably seen before. The pictures show the skeletal structure (outline) of the baby. Gender is usually found easily using 2D ultrasound. If you are choosing a 3D 4D gender ultrasound, the gender portion will be found in 2D then the 3D fun begins for the remainder of the session.
3D shows the tissue of the baby, which is more like real 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 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 moving!
Hdlive goes a step beyond by adding a light source and enhancing the ultrasound pictures with light. The baby’s skin tone will be lighter and can add shadows thus maximizing the details of your baby.
WHEN WILL I RECEIVE THE PICTURES, VIDEO & ALL ITEMS?
All your keepsake items will be ready for you to take with you! 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 get to see the baby yawn, stretch and hiccup! Heartbeat bears, Pregnant Bellymask kits, Grandparents Gifts and cards, and Special Ultrasound Frames are available right in our studio !
WILL WE BE ABLE TO TELL IF THE BABY IS A GIRL OR A BOY?
Yes, anytime after 14.5 weeks we can determine the gender of your baby. However, if the baby is uncooperative during the session and we are unable to confirm gender, we schedule a repeat scan within two weeks at no charge.
WHAT IF I DON’T WANT TO KNOW THE GENDER OF MY CHILD?
NO PROBLEM!! Many parents think that because this technology creates such clear images, that there is no way to hide the sex. NOT TRUE! We have had many families request that we not determine gender. When this is the wish of our guests, we accommodate with no questions asked. We simply stay away from that area of your child, and focus on other areas, such as face, hands, arms, etc. Just let us know your wishes and we would be happy to hide the gender for you.
REDO POLICY FOR UNCOOPERATIVE BABIES OR PLACENTA
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! =) We promise to give you and your baby 100% of our skill, attention and energy.
No, not always but the more hydrated your body is, the more transparent the amniotic fluid and the clearer the pictures. Being well hydrated can greatly improve the clarity of the 3D/4D pictures. However, if you were overweight prior to becoming pregnant then having a full bladder may help us get clearer pictures. Please ask us if you have any questions
WILL MY INSURANCE PAY FOR THE APPOINTMENT?
No, A New Conception’s elective 3D and 4D ultrasounds are not based on medical necessity. However, you may use your flex spending debit card to pay for your ultrasound
Absolutely. Our scanning suite is large enough to accommodate 12 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 through Babyflix for those who cannot be with you at or studio during your scan. We do NOT charge a Per Person fee, so you may invite as many people as you wish. You will also receive an OnDemand internet stream saved to your own personal Babyflix account to keep forever!
Yes. We are open 6 days a week with extended evening and weekend hours. You can book your appointment right online by clicking the GENBOOK icon or Call 781-878-1230 if you have a special date in mind to see if we can accommodate you. See the Contact Us page for addresses, phone numbers and email.
DO I NEED TO BRING A BLANK CD OR DVD TO THE APPOINTMENT?
No. We provide everything but the baby. We have 8G USB’s for purchase in our studio $10. **If you would like to bring your own music please put it on a CD and we will gladly use that as the background music on your DVD.
CAN I DO ANYTHING TO HELP GET A GREAT PICTURE/HAVE A GREAT SCAN?
You can help by staying hydrated. The clarity of the picture depends on the amount of amniotic fluid around the baby’s face. By staying hydrated, you can help keep your amniotic fluid clearer and levels up. Please drink at least 64 oz of water a day in the week leading up to your appointment.
* We ask that you drink some orange juice, apple juice or even caffeine on the way to your ultrasound so baby will be active.
WHAT WILL BE RECORDED ON MY DVD?
Your DVD is a LIVE unedited movie of everything we do and what you see during your ultrasound. The DVD is not a professionally edited and recorded DVD. There may be a short time span of “blank” recording time while Mom is being re positioned.. We do our BEST to pause your DVD recording to limit the amount of “down” time on your DVD. We are recording in real time and what you see at the time of your Ultrasound is what will appear on your DVD. Your babyflix internet movie may be edited.
- We do offer an edited version set to music. Samples can be found on our Youtube channel. Price is determined on a person by person basis. Prices start at $50. Ask us for details.
WHAT CHOICES OF HEARTBEAT BEARS AND ULTRASOUND FRAMES DO YOU CARRY?
We carry a large variety of Huggable Heartbeat Bears. If you see one that you like, call us and we will put one aside. You are not obligated to purchase that bear. We carry Gender Neutral, Girl bears and Boy bears =)
DO YOU MAKE PREGNANCY BELLY MASKS IN YOUR STUDIO?
Not quite yet! Until then, we carry Pregnant Belly Mask Kits in our studio. We will begin creating these wonderful memories for you in our studio in the near future. These will include, Belly only, breasts and belly or shoulders, breasts and belly. The Pregnant Belly Masks will be made on your belly while you are relaxing in a recliner. They will be packaged raw, right off your belly’s form for you to take home for you to adorn as you wish or we can return it to you in about a week sanded and the mask will be prepared and ready for you design or paint.
We hope to meet you and your baby!