Frequently Asked Questions – Elective Prenatal Ultrasound
The questions listed below are the most frequently asked questions about our elective prenatal ultrasound packages. Should you have any questions that are not answered below, please call us at (706) 210-4021 or send us an email via the “Contact” page.
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 for 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. This elective procedure is NOT covered by insurance.
Does this take the place of an ultrasound at my doctor’s office?
Absolutely NOT! Women seeking an elective prenatal ultrasound with Prenatal Imaging must already be receiving treatment with a healthcare provider for prenatal care and must have already undergone a medical diagnostic ultrasound. The issues that we are evaluating in the elective prenatal ultrasound session include a limited diagnostic scan to confirm heartbeat, the number of babies, the position of the baby, and the placental location. This exam to be used in place of a medical diagnostic ultrasound.
Is it safe? Are there any risks to me or my baby?
Extensive studies over 50 years have found that Ultrasound has not been shown to cause any harm to the mother or the baby. Routine scanning of all pregnancies is now normal throughout the United States. In 3D/4D ultrasound, the same type and intensity of ultrasound is used as with a normal 2D ultrasound. 3D/4D ultrasound utilizes 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? What should I bring with me?
Yes, appointments are necessary for our services. We provide everything for each ultrasound package. However, if you plan to wear a dress or a skirt to your appointment, please bring a pair of shorts with you to wear during your appointment.
How long does the 4D ultrasound take?
Gender determination sessions last about 30 minutes and 3D / 4D ultrasound sessions last about 45 minutes.
How far along should I be before I have a 4D ultrasound?
If you plan on having only one 4D ultrasound examination, we would recommend having the examination between 32-36 weeks of your 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 ultrasound?
DRINK PLENTY OF WATER DURING YOUR PREGNANCY!!! If you don’t normally drink water daily you should consider doing so BEGINNING AT LEAST 4 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 29-33 weeks of pregnancy, as the ultrasound tends to be clearer and the results more desirable and comparable to the images in our gallery.
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 27th and 31st week of your pregnancy, as the babies tend to have room to move and interact with us and each other.
Will I always get a beautiful picture of my baby?
Usually, but not always. We make no promises that the images will be similar to those you might have seen from another company. All ultrasound pictures are determined by the position of the baby and transparency of amniotic fluid. It can be difficult if the baby is breech or if baby is directly under placenta.
Can I bring my family and friends?
Yes. We encourage families to bring all family and friends to experience this with you. This is a joyous and wonderful experience, one that can be shared with your family and loved ones. We can comfortably accommodate 8 people in our ultrasound room but you can bring as many as you would like. Our ultrasound room is specifically arranged so that everyone in your party will have an excellent view of our large screen 4D images of the baby.
Are you able to tell the sex of the baby?
Yes, in all ultrasounds we have had a 100% success rate in confirming gender. We cannot guarantee that the baby will be developed enough or in a good position to determine gender. Certain factors such as body tissue content, developmental stage and fetal position all affect the ability to determine sex. Typically, gender can be determined with a great deal of accuracy at and beyond 13 weeks of pregnancy. If we cannot determine gender at your appointment, we will bring you back at no additional charge!
Is the 4D ultrasound covered by Insurance?
Currently, elective ultrasounds are not considered to be medically necessary or needed by insurance companies. Due to this, we cannot accept insurance.
What kind of ultrasound equipment do you use to perform the 4D ultrasounds?
We use the GE Voluson 730 Expert to complete all ultrasound examinations. The GE Voluson 730 PRO has been seen in GE television commercials and many printed articles from around the world. The GE Voluson 730 generates 3D images with amazing clarity and gives you the same clarity with 4D imagery of your baby in motion. Our sonogram equipment allows you to see your baby in live-motion video.
How much does it cost?
We have various packages at different price points. Please refer to the “Packages” tab of the website for pricing.
NOTE: We 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.