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 4D Imaging, LLC at (847)818-0777.
What happens if I arrive late? Pregnant women are excited to see their baby and are often upset if they need to wait longer than 5 minutes. We understand people get lost so we allow customers up to 10 minutes after their scheduled appointment time for tardiness. If you are more than 10 minutes late we may need to shorten your appointment time or reschedule your appointment. If we are required to reschedule then full payment is required prior to the appointment. Thank you for your understanding.
What time frame is best for twins for a 4D/HD ultrasound?
The best time for twins is between 24 weeks and 26 weeks.
What can I do to help get great images? Ensure you drink 2 liters of water daily for at least 7 days prior to your appointment, this helps us obtain clear images of your baby, this is VERY important. Please do not put oil or lotion on your belly prior to your appointment. Also, bring ice water or a really cold sweet drink or unsweetened iced tea to your appointment to help keep the baby active and moving.
Will I always get great images of my baby?
Unfortunately, we will not be able to determine if we will be able to obtain face images until the time of the ultrasound. Babies all have different personalities and sleep at different times. It’s best to come in during your baby’s active time, follow the appointment tips and come in during the recommended timeframe. Please view our Ultrasound Calendar for standard recommended timeframes. If you have an anterior placenta it is best to schedule your appointment for earlier in your pregnancy, between 24-27 weeks.
We have years of experience and use the best technology available. We strive to obtain the best angles to get the best possible images of baby’s face, hand, and foot. Sometimes if the baby is turned around towards the mother’s spine we are unable to obtain images of the baby’s face or if the baby is hiding against the placenta. Each scan is different based on the baby’s position, mood, size and amount of amniotic fluid around the baby’s face. We do have packages that have a free return visit if needed. We hope you cherish looking inside your womb and appreciating the unique “once-in-a-lifetime” 4D ultrasound experience.
I am over 200 pounds will I be able to get clear ultrasound images?
We have successfully obtained great images, however, we urge you to wait until you are at least 30 weeks gestation and ensure you drink 2 liters of water daily for at least 7 days prior to your appointment.
Can we obtain the baby’s approximate weight and obtain measurements? No. However, we are affiliated with a diagnostic imaging center that we can refer you to by calling us at (847)818-0777.
Does your facility have a Certified Sonographer?
Yes, we have a ARDMS certified Sonographer on staff.
When is the best time for an elective ultrasound?
Gender Reveal:15-22 weeks(under 200 pounds) and 17-22 weeks (if over 200 pounds)
If you have an anterior placenta it is best to schedule your appointment for earlier in your pregnancy, between 24-27 weeks.
The best time for twins is between 24 weeks and 26 weeks.
For HD LIVE and 4D Imaging: The best time for face pics is between 28-30 weeks.
Many women come in 3 times during their pregnancy to save great memories during their pregnancy. It is a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity to see your sweet baby in the womb during different stages: 15-22 weeks, 24-28 weeks, and 30 to 34 weeks
Do I need an appointment?
Yes. An appointment is required. Please call us to schedule an appointment (847)818-0777. Please note that weekend and evening appointments fill up quite quickly. 24 hour cancellation is required in order to prevent the $40 “no show” fee.
What can I do to assist in obtaining the best images?
A week prior to the day of your appointment drink 8-10 cups of water daily, this helps obtain clear HD LIVE and 4D Images. It is also fun to see the baby in motion during your visit and eating something light or drinking juice 10 minutes before your visit can assist in increasing baby’s activity. You may want to bring the beverage in the car with you. Regardless of your efforts, the baby may still be sleeping during the scan. We encourage you to enjoy your baby’s activity and we’ll do our part to work with your baby. We do have packages that have a free return package if needed.
Is a full bladder needed?
No, since our ultrasounds are elective and non-diagnostic, a full bladder is not required.
Does your facility offer medical diagnostic ultrasounds?
No, we focus ONLY on the pleasure of viewing your baby before it is born. Medical ultrasounds are to be obtained by your physician. However, we are affiliated with a diagnostic imaging center that we can refer you to by calling us at (847)818-0777.
What can we see in 2D?
Two-dimensional imagery appears as an outline of the baby. It is ideal for viewing heartbeat, real-time fetal activity and gender. A regular 2D ultrasound can be performed anytime after 15 weeks.
Why do ultrasounds start in 2D then transfer to HD LIVE or 4D?
In order to capture the correct angle of the baby for HD LIVE and 4D viewing, the ultrasound session needs to start in 2D. In order to see the front of the baby’s face in HD LIVE and 4D, the baby’s head needs to be in a profile position(side view, seeing the baby’s nose) in 2D.
Are 3D/4D ultrasounds safe?
Research in the last 50 years show no harm to the developing baby from ultrasound scanning. Ultrasound is one of the safest means available for scanning unborn babies. When it comes to safety there is no difference between 3D and traditional 2D Ultrasounds because both ultrasound methods use the same kind of sound waves. Since the beginning of ultrasound applications in pregnancy in the 1950’s, there have been no reported short or long-term risk to unborn babies. Your physician is always your best source of information for any health concerns.You must be under the care of a physician to use our service.
Why get a HD LIVE and 4D ultrasound?
Seeing your baby before he/she is born enhances and increases the bonding experience for all family members. Increased bonding has been shown to improve the parents’ care of themselves and may increase the father’s level of participation in the pregnancy, which may also increase his sensitivity towards the mother.
What is the difference between 3D and 4D and HD LIVE technology?
3D is a still image and 4D is capturing the baby’s movement. HD LIVE technology has a new rendering software that allows a more realistic view of the fetus by changing the way the ultrasound renders the 4D image.
Can friends or family come with me for my appointment?
We welcome your family and friends to share the joy of this treasured experience. For your comfort, we ask that you limit guests to 6.
When will I receive the pictures and video?
At the end of the session.
Is this procedure covered by insurance?
No, insurance reimbursement is not provided for elective ultrasounds. We accept cash, MasterCard or Visa.