Frequent Questions About 3D/4D Ultrasound
The questions listed below are the most
frequently asked questions about our Elective Prenatal
What is an elective prenatal ultrasound?
We offer elective 2D, 3D & 4D prenatal ultrasounds to
provide a positive bonding experience for the mother, father
and family members with the unborn baby. We feel that
realistic surface images provide a connection between the
parents and baby that can be beneficial to the whole family.
We make no claims that 3D as used in this examination is
performed to better assess the baby for abnormalities. A
routine ultrasound examination should have already been
performed to assess the gestational age of the fetus and to
evaluate for fetal anomalies as well as the basic components
of fetal anatomy recommended for screening.
Does this take the place of an ultrasound at
my doctor’s office?
ABSOLUTELY NOT! Women seeking an
elective prenatal ultrasound with Triangle Imaging Center 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. The issues that we are evaluating in
the elective prenatal ultrasound session include a limited
diagnostic scan to confirm 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.
Is it safe? Are there any risks to me, or my
Unlike many facilities, Triangle Imaging
Center brings over 31 years of experience as healthcare
providers to deliver safe and competent care. When choosing an
ultrasound facility, this is a question that you should ask
because you and your baby deserve no less! Over 30 years of
extensive studies have found that ultrasound has not been
shown to cause any harm to mother or baby. Routine scanning of
all pregnancies is now normal throughout the United States. In
3D/4D scanning exactly the same type and intensity of
ultrasound is used as with conventional 2D scanning. 3D and 4D
Ultrasound both utilize sound waves to look inside the body.
The technology is similar to radar. A probe placed on the body
emits sound waves into the body, listens for the return echo
and generates an image. 4D ultrasound will be similar to a
conventional scan in terms of exposure.
Do I need an appointment?
appointments are necessary for all of our services.
How long does the 4D ultrasound take?
Depending on the package you choose,
the 4D ultrasound session will last between 10 and 30
minutes. If you have purchased the
Mid-Week Sneak Peek, Gold, Platinum,
or Double Take packages, plan on
spending an hour with us.
How far along should I be before I have a 4D
If you plan on having only one 4D
ultrasound examination, we would recommend having the
examination performed between the 26th and 34th week of the
pregnancy. However, excellent images of your baby can be
obtained anytime after about 22 weeks of pregnancy. Many
mothers obtain more than one 4D ultrasound and have images to
enjoy from their second and third trimesters.
What can I do to improve the quality of my
OF WATER!!! If you don't normally drink water daily you
should consider doing so beginning at least 5 days before
your scheduled appointment. Hydration can significantly
improve the clarity of an ultrasound. Expectant mothers that
are heavy or full-figured should consider scheduling their 4D
ultrasound between 31 and 35 weeks of pregnancy, as the
ultrasound tends to be clearer and the results more desirable
and comparable to the images in our gallery.
Will I always get a beautiful picture of my
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 will have
turned 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
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. (Limit of 6 guests please)
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.
Is the 4D ultrasound covered by Insurance?
At this point, insurance does not cover the costs of our
ultrasounds. Since this is an elective procedure and is not
intended to be a replacement for your doctor ordered
ultrasound, you will need to pay the cost of this ultrasound
as an out of pocket expense.
What forms of payment do you accept?
cash, Visa, MasterCard, and debit cards. We are not a
healthcare reimbursement account vendor, but we will print a
receipt for you to submit to your healthcare reimbursement
What kind of ultrasound equipment do you use
to perform the 4D ultrasounds?
We use the state of
the art GE Voluson 730 Expert to complete all ultrasound
examinations. The GE Voluson 730 Expert 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.
How much does it cost?
packages to fit just about anyone’s budget. Please refer to
the "Ultrasound Pricing " section of the website for pricing.
Click here to see
our list of packages and additional details!
do not provide Diagnostic Ultrasound services to determine
an estimated due date, detect anomalies, or to estimate the
weight and/or length of the baby.
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