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What exactly is an elective prenatal ultrasound?


This is an ultrasound that is not ordered by your doctor, it is offered to provide a unique and intimate experience for the mother, father and family members to bond with the unborn baby.  A medical diagnostic ultrasound should have been performed prior for assessing the gestational age and basic components of the fetus.

How does this differ from the ultrasound performed at my doctor’s office?


Most women have a diagnostic ultrasound performed between 18-20 weeks. This medical ultrasound is focused on getting measurements and looking for any abnormalities. An elective ultrasound focuses on providing a lengthy ultrasound session that allows you to watch and bond with your baby. In addition, you will take home pictures of your baby from when they are bigger and more developed. 


Is it safe? Are there any risks to my baby?


There have been extensive studies performed to show that ultrasounds cause no harm to mom or baby. In 3D/4D scanning, the same type of intensity of ultrasound is used as the conventional 2D scanning.


Will I always get great images of my baby?


Usually, but not always. If baby is looking down towards your spine or laying their face against your placenta it may be difficult. If this is the case, a rescan will usually be successful because baby will have changed position. Every baby is different and every baby scans differently depending on their age, how they are positioned and the amount of fluid. We promise to make every effort in obtaining the best images possible. 


How can I help to get the best pictures of my baby?


First off, pay attention to when baby is most active and try to make your appointment for that time of day. Second, drink plenty of fluids days leading up to your appointment and the day of your appointment. It is very important to not be dehydrated because it may negatively affect your amniotic fluid levels, therefore affecting picture quality. Lastly, the day of your appointment eat/drink something that will wake baby up (something fruity).


Can I bring my family and or friends?


Yes of course!! We encourage bringing family and friends to the elective 3D/4D ultrasound to share the special moment with you!


Will my medical insurance cover the 3D/4D ultrasound?


At this time medical insurance does not cover the cost of these ultrasounds. It is an elective procedure and is not intended to take the place of your diagnostic ultrasound. We accept cash and all major credit/debit cards.

When is the best time to come in for a 4D ultrasound?

The suggested best time is anywhere from 27-34 weeks!

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