Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between 3D and 4D?
3D is a still image while 4D adds the dimension of motion so it looks like a video.
What is your facility like?
We pride ourselves on being an inviting, relaxing, comfortable, and spacious environment for you and your family.
Is 3D and 4D ultrasound safe for me and my baby?
3D and 4D ultrasound use the same frequency as your doctor uses in the normal 2D ultrasound. Ultrasounds have been used for over 35 years and there have been no proven side effects from its proper use. We strictly adhere to the FDA's standards.
Do you accept insurance?
No. We do not accept insurance as this is an elective procedure.
When is the best time to have a 3D/4D Ultrasound?
That depends on what you are looking to see. Many mothers like coming in twice, early on, 16-26 weeks, when they can see the baby as a whole, and then again at 25-34 weeks to see a more detailed face. Between 28 and 32 weeks, your baby develops more fat and gets a more defined face. After 34 weeks, it becomes more and more difficult to obtain good pictures since the baby is running out of room.
How good are you at determining the sex of the baby?
At 16 weeks we can determine the gender with a very high accuracy. If you are over 16 weeks and the gender can not be seen, we invite you back for a weekday return appointment and we will rescan you for free within the next 14 days. The need for a return visit is usually due to the baby's position. No ultrasound is guaranteed to be 100% accurate. If a mother is given an incorrect gender determination she is invited to come back for anther gender view of her baby at no addtional cost or credit the amount of the gender determination toward a larger 4d ultrasound package.
How can I be sure to get the best possible 3D/4D pictures?
Most doctors recommend maintaining a healthy fluid intake, especially while you are pregnant. This will help to ensure your amniotic fluid is clear as well as full. There are many things out of the technician's control like the baby's position, amount of amniotic fluid, etc.
What should I do prior to the 3D/4D appointment?
Drink plenty of water even several days before your appointment to ensure your amniotic fluid is clear. About a half hour before your 3D/4D ultrasound scan, try to drink cold water or a fruit juice so that your baby will be awake during your session (unless you are told not to by your physician).
How long is the 3D/4D ultrasound session?
Depending on the ultrasound package that you select, your session will last between 10 and 25 minutes. However, plan on spending 30 minutes to an hour at our studio so that we can send you home with memories to last a life time. It is best to arrive five minutes early to complete your paperwork.
Are family and friends welcome to join?
Yes! We encourage you to bring your friends and family to share this special moment with you. Children are also welcome. At our location our ultrasound room can comfortably seat 6 people and more with advance notice.
How can I pay for the ultrasound?
We currently accept major credit cards, checks and cash.
When will I receive my pictures and video?
You will leave First Impressions with your pictures. A link to your photos and video will be provided via email. You can download your photos and video to share, save and print.
Will my doctor be contacted about the 3D/4D ultrasound?
We do not contact your doctor prior to the scan since this is an elective procedure. We do require however, that you are currently under prenatal care and if you have any concerns, you should ask your doctor. Ultrasound technicians in general cannot make a diagnosis.