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What is the difference between 3D and 4D ultrasounds?
Are their any other benefits, other than seeing the baby, to receiving a 3D4D ultrasound?
When is the best time for a 3D4D ultrasound?
Do you have any hidden fees?
Will you be able to see if anything is wrong with my baby?
Will insurance cover my 3D4D scan?
What type of machine do you use?
Do I need a full bladder?
Will my pictures be great like the ones you see on the internet?
What stage of development is the best for having a 3D/4D session?
How important is it to be well hydrated for my 3D/4D session?
Gender: When can I find out the gender of my baby?
Does the positon of the placenta matter for 3d/4d images?
Critical factors for getting a good 3d/4d image
Is 3d/4d safe?
Benefits of 3d/4d ultrasounds


What is the difference between 3D and 4D ultrasounds? A 4D ultrasound is a movie or video clip of your baby. The 3D is the still photograph of the baby. Top

Are their any other benefits, other than seeing the baby, to receiving a 3D4D ultrasound? The importance and benefit of seeing your baby should not be understated. Bonding with your baby during pregnancy has an immense benefit, and elective (non-medical) 3D ultrasounds has been shown to improve bonding between mother and child and also between father and child. Women who have received a 3D ultrasound are motivated to have healthy behavior during pregnancy, such as taking prenatal vitamins, and are more likely to breastfeed after the birth of their child. They are more likely to quit smoking and avoid alcoholic beverages after receiving a 3D ultrasound of their baby. So there are many indirect and unmeasurable benefits to having a 3D ultrasound of your baby Top

When is the best time for a 3D4D ultrasound? In our experience, the ideal time to get the best images on 3D ultrasound is between 23 and 32 weeks. . We can provide ultrasounds for customers to come up to 37 weeks but after 33 weeks viewing is unpredictable. Please note that after 32 weeks, the baby may have already begun his or her descent to the outside world, and in that case, images may not be obtainable at all. Top

Do you have any hidden fees? No. The price that you see on our website is the price that you pay when you arrive at our facility. Many of our packages do have add-on options. Top

Will you be able to see if anything is wrong with my baby? No medical diagnosis or evaluation takes place. This service is purely for family bonding and enjoyment. We only see the outside of the baby, and so this ultrasound can not take the place of your medical ultrasound performed by your ob/gyn physician. Top

Will insurance cover my 3D4D scan? Because 3D ultrasounds provided by Pregnancy Treasures are not medical procedures and are not medically necessary, medical insurance does not pay for this service. Top

What type of machine do you use? Our facility has a fantastic brand - Medison X8 3D /4D ultrasound machine. This is the latest technology available on the market today! For those who do not know, Medison invented 3D/4D technology and shares its technology with other companies because it is the industry's best 3D/4D technology. Although our new systems has the latest version of this 3D/4D technology, companies like GE still use older dated versions of this technology in their GE 730 systems. When you want the best images you can get, it is all in the technology and technician's performing your session. Top

Do I need a full bladder? No. We want to make this experience as pleasurable as possible. We do recommend keeping yourself well hydrated for several days prior to your visit. We suggest you have at least 8 glasses of water each day. This is especially important in the week leading up to your appointment. Moms may want to have some juice 5-10 minutes before your appointment to get your little one awake and ready for show-time! Top

Will my pictures be great like the ones you see on the internet? All the pictures on our site have been taken by our ultrasound technicians using our equipment. Some facilities use stock photo's provided by the manufacturer of their equipment or their franchisee. These stock photos may be enchanced or altered and will not be an accurate representation of what you will receive during your session. Several factors determine the quality of the ultrasound photos: -Maternal body tissue While the Medison X8 ultrasound machine does allow us to make adjustments, maternal size may be a factor. Therefore, we make the following recommendations: Small framed clients, 5'2" and under: We want your little one to have room to move so we suggest 25-30 weeks for 3D/4D imaging. Fuller figured clients: If the mother is full figured, the sound waves have more tissue to travel through which causes grainier photos therefore 30-34 weeks is best 3D/4D imaging. -Amount of amniotic fluid Sound waves require fluid to travel through to create the images. The more amniotic fluid you have, the more clear your photos will be. -Location of placenta The location of the placenta is one factor that we cannot change. The placenta can be in front of the uterus, to the back or the side. If the placenta is in the front, it can block the baby's face. -Position of baby If the baby is facing your spine, we will probably only be able to get pictures of the back of the head or possibly a profile. Our technicians will try to reposition you as an attempt to get the baby to move. Having more amniotic fluid will be helpful if this is the case. If you have any questions as to what time may be best for your appointment don't hesitate to call. We're happy to answer any questions you have. Top

What stage of development is the best for having a 3D/4D session? Great question and every mother has her own opinion, however use this chart below to choose what stage or stages you want to have done. There is always "give and take" at each stage of development, but they are all beautiful. That's why many families come more than once.
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How important is it to be well hydrated for my 3D/4D session?

See the difference in what drinking your physician's recommended daily consumption of water or non-caffeinated clear fluids (typically 64-80 oz. per day) the WEEKS prior to your session can make?

More fluid around the baby

Less fluid around the baby

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Gender: When can I find out the gender of my baby? Our gender package begins at 15 weeks which includes listening to heartbeat, gender determination, and sneak peak of 3d/4d. If unable to determine gender you get to return FREE if you are 15 weeks or older. If younger may do gender but you will not get to return free. Call for details. Top

Does the positon of the placenta matter for 3d/4d images? The placenta positon may make a slight difference in your 3D/4D ultrasound session. If you have an anterior placenta, your placenta is on the front side of your womb and in front of the baby. If you have a posterior placenta, your placenta is on the back side of the womb and in back of your baby. Neither have any health implications, so it is not frequently something your healthcare provider will tell you unless you specifically ask. A posterior placenta is ideal for 3D/4D imaging. But because the anterior placenta is in front of the baby it can block portions of the baby's face due to lack of space. So if you have an anterior placenta it is even more important to try to stick to the 26 to 28 week timeframe and maintain good fluid levels. Top

Critical factors for getting a good 3d/4d image How Much Space is there remaining is a significant factor. Unlike 2D ultrasound which sees through everything (this is why you can see the organs and skeletal structure) in 3D everything becomes "solid". Therefore whatever is in front of the baby, (i.e. the placenta or umbilical chord), acts as a barrier to seeing the baby's face. So the more room left, the better the chance of seeing a clear view of the baby. Another important factor is HYDRATION. I can't emphasize this enough. Please look at our FAQ about hydration. And of course the position of the placenta. Please see our FAQ about placenta Top

Is 3d/4d safe? Ultrasound has been in use for over 35 years and no harmful effects have ever been shown from its responsible use to-date. The perfect example is a pregnancy which has been the result of invitro-fertilization. These women have a diagnostic ultrasound every week for the first several months of the pregnancy with no harmful results. Reputable and responsible 3D ultrasound centers limit their scanning times to those much less than a typical 2D diagnostic scan. Though they may say their session times are twenty, thirty, or forty minutes, the actual time scanning in 3D is not the entire time. The baby is "found" in 2d for the 3d image and because the ultrasound machine saves the live footage which is acquired in 4D,some of the session is spent looking back through the saved footage, frame-by-frame, and taking the still 3D images. Its safety profile has been proven over the decades. Top

Benefits of 3d/4d ultrasounds The BONDING experience isincredible. A 3D 4D ultrasound scanning session could be one of the most amazing experiences of your pregnancy! It is sometimes argued by healthcare providers that 3D/4D ultrasound sessions are not necessary and therefore should not be done. (on a side note, some OB physicians offer 3d/4d as a side business, so interesting how healthcare providers still even say anything negative… just a thought to ponder.) Although 3D/4D sessions are not necessary for diagnostic reasons, the benefits to the pregnancy are significant. The bonding experience that the mother - and often even more so the father - experiences from a 3D ultrasound session is enormous. Seeing a realistic view into the womb at the baby soon to be here makes the pregnancy much more real and often causes mothers to take better care of themselves in regards to diet, exercise, avoiding such things as alcohol consumption, smoking. For fathers, siblings, and even the extended family, the bonding experience acquired from a 3D session brings a sense of familial closeness during a very important time. Top

 
   
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