Q: What is 4D ultrasound?
A: 4d ultrasound (also known as 3D/4D Ultrasound) is the most advanced technology used by sonographers during pregnancy to evaluate the unborn fetus.This process provides physicians and expecting mothers with the best images of the fetus available. For many years, obstetricians have used 2D ultrasound technology during pregnancies but are quickly shifting to the upgraded technology.
Q: What is the difference between 3D and 4D ultrasound?
A: 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 we provide you with images of your baby (3D), the most amazing part of the 3d/4d ultrasound session is seeing your baby movements inside the womb. Watching them smile, yawn and play with their toes is priceless. 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. At earlier stages of pregnancy a gender determination is done primarily in 2D for better accuracy.
Q: What influence a perfect picture of my baby?
A: Many factors affect the quality of the images (fetal position, amount of amniotic fluid, amount of maternal tissue). We promise to make every effort to obtain the best possible images of your baby. If the baby remains "uncooperative" through your session it may be necessary to repeat the scan at a later time when the position has changed. We want you to be happy with the quality of your product and encourage you to share any concerns with us prior to leaving your session.
Q: How the location of my placenta affects the quality of 3d ultrasound images?
A: Many our clients with anterior placenta (in front) often worry that there will be difficulty to seeing their baby during a 3d/4d ultrasound session. 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. Sometimes, a baby faces into the placenta, whether it is anterior, posterior (along the back) or fundal (along the top). In that case, we will work to try to get the baby to move away from the placenta. Some of the ultrasound images might have parts of the placenta partially overlapping them. We will do our best to get as much of the face in view as possible but a completely open full face shot is not always available. Also, during a ultrasound session babies are often going to be putting their hands and feet in their faces and may not free up a view of the entire face.
Q: How long does it take?
A: You choose the length of your ultrasound session. It then takes just several minutes to print your pictures and prepare the CDs and DVDs.
Q: Is ultrasound safe?
A: The American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine’s official statement: No confirmed biological effects on patients or instrument operators caused by exposure at intensities typical of present diagnostic ultrasound equipment have ever been reported.
Q: What is essential for the best images?
A: Adequate fluid around the baby, fetal movement, and fat on the baby help create the optimum image.
Q: I have an appointment tomorrow. What should I do to be well prepared?
A: Having a healthy diet daily will help you concentrate on meeting your goals. A healthy diet assures that you will be prepared when your time comes to having a 3d ultrasound session. However, there are the last minute tips that might help you to received better results.
• Drinking lots of fluids
Drinking lots of fluids is something that anyone attempting to having 4d ultrasound should do. If you are acclimated to drinking lots of fluids, when it's time to prepare for a session, it'll be a habit you already do.
• Eating non spicy food
Eating spicy food just before a session might stimulate producing indigestion gases with in turn would affect a clarity of 3d ultrasound images.
• Having with you a bottle of cold water of juice prior to the appointment
Drinking a cold water of juice could make a baby to change a
position. And that might be something that a sonographer needs to get
the best ultrasound photos.
Q: Can I bring guests to my session?
A: We encourage you to bring your friends and a family. You are welcome to bring up to 15 people to share and enjoy the show. We believe this experience only strengthen the relationship inside your family and friends.