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The questions listed below are the most frequently asked questions about our elective ultrasound packages. Should you have any questions that are not answered below, please call us at (336) 286-3100 or send us an email at email@example.com.
What is an elective prenatal ultrasound?
We offer elective 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 3-D 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 Tiny Toes 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 baby?
Extensive studies over 30 years 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?
Yes, 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 15 and 30 minutes; however, plan on spending 30 minutes to one hour at our facility to allow time for completion of forms and for us to finalize your DVD and print your photos.
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. If this happens, a repeat scan will usually succeed because the baby has 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 seen.
What is the best time for a 3D/4D ultrasound?
Great question and every mother has her own opinion. The best time for a 3D/4D ultrasound is completely a matter of the mother’s opinion. You have to ask yourself:
“What stage of development do you want to capture?”
Use the chart below to choose. There is always “give and take” at each stage of development, but they are all beautiful. That’s why many mothers obtain more than one ultrasound and have images to enjoy from their second and third trimesters.
Between 18 -27 weeks, the baby is thinner in appearance, and the facial details aren’t as developed, but we tend to get more of the baby on the screen and you can see more movement.
Between 28 -34 weeks, the baby is chubbier in appearance, the face looks more like they’ll look on arrival, and we tend focus on the face or other body parts since the entire baby won’t fit on the screen.
Expectant mothers that are heavy or full-figured should consider scheduling their 4D ultrasound between the 29th to 34th week of pregnancy, as the ultrasound tends to be clearer and the results more desirable and comparable to the images in our gallery.
Moms with twins should come in before 27 weeks for the best chance of capturing images of both babies. The further along the mother is, the larger the babies become, thus the more difficult it becomes.
We do see women up to full term, but with variable results. The baby is increasingly crowded and may hide! Size, position, and movement determine the images we are able to obtain during these last few weeks of pregnancy.
What can I do to improve the quality of my ultrasound?
DRINK PLENTY OF WATER!!! Please remember that drinking your physician’s recommended daily consumption of water (4 – 6 bottles per day/64 -80 oz per day) at least 5 days before your scheduled appointment is the best thing you can do. Being well hydrated can significantly improve the clarity of the ultrasound. Also, you could consume food or drink that you know that will make your baby active. You know your baby better than anyone, so if you know of a food, drink or activity that gets your baby moving, by all means feel free to consume those items 15 to 20 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment.
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. We can comfortably accommodate up to 5 guests in our specially designed viewing room. Our seating is specifically arranged so that everyone in your party will have an excellent view of our large 50-inch screen!
How early can you determine gender?
We do gender determination as early as 15 weeks and up to full term. Gender determination is always done in 2D for reliability purposes. Additionally, we do gender determination (if requested) for every package we offer to give our mothers that extra peace of mind.
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. If for some reason the baby forbids us the ability to determine its gender during your session, we will invite you back for an additional Gender Check at no additional cost.
What if I do “not” want to know the sex of my baby?
We have many mothers who come in to have this amazing 3D/4D ultrasound session performed without determining gender and still keep it a surprise for the big day.
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. We accept cash, checks, Visa, MasterCard, and debit cards.
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?
We have packages to fit just about anyone’s budget. Click here for package options.
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