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What is a 3D/4D/5D ultrasound?
2D means it is a 2-dimensional, flat, black and white image. For a 3D image, sound waves are produced at multiple angles and produce a 3-dimensional image with depth, almost like a 3D movie. The image has different color hues that give a life like picture allowing you to see what your unborn baby will actually look like. 4D is multiple 3D image frames put together over time to create a movie. You will be able to observe movements like yawning, waving, or playing Peek-A-Boo in real time! HD “High Definition” is the newest, safest, ultrasound technology. Hd images are still in the orangish-tan color, but is far more clearer than the dated 3d/4d technology. The motion is also faster.
What is 5D Ultrasound?
A 5D Ultrasound, is a more technologically advanced ultrasound, than the HD. There is a virtual light source which acts as a digital flashlight by applying shadows and light reflections to create a deeper, more defined 5D image. It also automatically tones down speckle, which greatly enhances the clarity of the image. 5D uses the same safe ultrasonic sound waves as the 2D, 3D, and 4D, and provides a resolution and clarity unsurpassed in the industry. It replaces the orangish colored image, to a flesh colored, more lifelike, image. Our machines are new, well maintained medical machines set in the OB application, and energy levels set by the manufacturer are well below FDA limits.
Is it safe?
Yes! Studies over decades, have found that ultrasound has not caused any harm to the mother or baby. Ultrasound is the form of imaging used during pregnancy, because it uses soundwaves to get the image, NOT radiation. 3D/4D Technology uses the same 2D soundwaves to produce the image, but can produce several dimensions, to give us a different view of the baby.
What kind of Equipment do you use to perform my 3D/4D/5D Ultrasound?
We just opened in March 2012, and we have invested in the Highly-Rated “GE Voluson E8” – State-of-the-Art System. It has the newest software technology, and will allow you to see your baby in 5D, like no other facility in this area can offer. ***Please Be Aware that many facilities claim to use “State-of-the-Art” Equipment, when they are in fact using older Technology.
Does this take the place of an ultrasound at my doctor’s office?
Not at all. You must be receiving prenatal care with a physician. This ultrasound is not to be used in place of a full diagnostic ultrasound.
Will I always get a beautiful 3D/4D/5D image of my baby?
Yes, but please note that everyone’s interpretation of “Beautiful” is different. Every baby scans differently, and please remember, that you are paying to see your baby in their natural environment. Also, there are several factors that could interfere. Like moms body type, low amniotic fluid, placental location, and position of the baby. We make no promises that your images will be similar to those you might have seen from other facilities, or our own. We will make every effort to obtain the best images of your baby.
How far along should I be before I have a 3D/4D/5D ultrasound?
Gender Determination can be done starting at 14 weeks. If you plan on having only one 3D/4D/5D ultrasound examination, we would recommend having the examination performed between 24-32 wks. However, great images of your baby can be obtained anytime after about 20 weeks of pregnancy. Many mothers obtain more than one 3D/4D/5D ultrasound, and have images to enjoy from each trimester, which is what our “Peektastic” Package offers.
Are you able to tell the sex of the baby?
Yes. If your baby is not in the optimal position to see the gender, and we can’t see, we will bring you back for FREE. Please let us know ahead of time if you do not wish to know to the gender.
Does it cost extra for twins or multiples?
No. There is no extra cost for twins or multiples. We do recommend that you schedule your appointment between the 24th and 27th week of your pregnancy, as the babies tend to have room to move and interact with us and each other.
Do you do dating ultrasounds? Or Baby Weight?
We do not do any dating ultrasounds. We do give a baby weight after 27 weeks, but we cannot tell you if your baby is too big, or too small. We just give the weight. It is just for fun. We always refer any medical dating or measurements to your OB Physician.
What do I need to do for my ultrasound?
We ask that you drink plenty of water starting a few days before your exam, to insure you are well hydrated. You don’t need to have a full bladder prior to your session. Please don’t wear a dress. A two piece outfit is best for belly access.
Do I need an appointment?
Yes, appointments are necessary for all of our services. We ask that you show up 15 mins prior to your scheduled appointment for necessary paperwork.
Is it covered by my Insurance?
No; However, we accept Mastercard, Visa, Discover, and Cash. We do not accept American Express and Checks.
What if my baby doesn’t cooperate?
We give 1 free courtesy return visit, if your baby does not cooperate. The visit has to be scheduled within 1 week of your original visit, and M-F during business hours only. No return visits are scheduled on a Saturday. Not cooperating means facing your spine. If the placenta is in the face, there are no return visits, as we cannot remove the placenta out of the face. We also do not schedule a return visit if your baby is sleeping. We are viewing your baby in their natural environment, and it is better for them to be calm to get great images.
There are no bring backs for the Early Peek, the $25 return visits, and Late Peek Package. There are no bring backs for an Early Peek when nothing is seen. The $25 return visits are designed to come in as many times as you would like, and are not enough time to try and get baby to move. So what your baby is doing, or how they are laying is what you will see in the short session. With the Late Peek Package, they are too far along for anything to change if they were not in optimal position, too far in the pelvis, placenta, hands, feet, or cord in the face during the session.
Not cooperating means facing your spine. If the placenta is in the face, there are no return visits, as we cannot remove the placenta out of the face. If hands, feet, or cord are in the face, we do not bring you back. We also do not schedule a return visit if your baby is sleeping. We are viewing your baby in their natural environment, and it is better for them to be calm to get great images.
When can I schedule my Returning Appointment?
When purchasing multiple visit packages, you are saving money up front. A restriction to that is, you cannot book your returning appointment on the weekend. Please see our weekly hours to know when to schedule your 2nd or 3rd returning appointments. Multiple visit packages are the Pick A Peek, the Pair of Peeks, and the Peektastic Packages.
What is your Cancellation Policy?
We require a 48 hour notice to cancel your appointment. ALL no-shows will be billed a 1 time fee of $50.
What is your Refund Policy?
There are NO refunds on gift certificate purchases, services rendered, or pre-paid packages. We will replace a defective CD, with another CD. Please remember, that you are paying to see your baby in its natural environment. They are not always awake. There are no refunds if you are unhappy about the quality of the photos. Every one will scan differently, therefore producing a different image quality.
What is your Late Policy?
We recognize that everyone’s time is valuable. We ask that you show up 15 minutes prior to your appointment time for paperwork. If you are more than 5 minutes late, you will have to be rescheduled to another day. We cannot wait on family members, or friends. Please have your party there at your scheduled appointment time. If you are traveling on 95, especially on the weekends, please allow more than enough travel time to get here. If you are late, and have to be rescheduled, there will be a $50 charge, and it is not applied to the rescheduled appointment.
Who can come with me?
Big family or small, we welcome you all. We have a large session room with a sectional, and lots of extra comfortable seating. We have had up to 36 people in there at once. Kids are welcome to come too. We have a nice play area for them to play in while you wait, and they can go in the room with you.