Frequently Asked Questions

What is 4D ultrasound?

This technology adds the fourth dimension of motion to the 3D image, resulting in real time movement.

Is 3D / 4D ultrasound scanning safe?

Extensive studies over the past 35 years have found that ultrasound has not shown any harmful effects to mother or baby.

3D / 4D ultrasound uses the exact same intensity as a normal 2D ultrasound. No ultrasound uses any type of radiation or harmful agents; the images are simply created with the use of sound waves.

How long will I have to wait for my pictures?

Your package will be professionally prepared for you to take home within minutes, with the exception of the DVD which will be mailed out within the next 5 working days.

Are you able to tell the sex of the baby?

In most cases we can provide an indication of the sex of the baby. We cannot, however, guarantee that the baby will cooperate during your session. Certain factors such as body tissue content, developmental stage and foetal position all affect the ability to successfully determine sex.

Do you provide early gender determination scans?

We do not provide early gender determination scans as we want to ensure that you have had all of your diagnostic ultrasounds before you come to visit us.

Is there a medicare/private health insurance rebate?

No because this is an elective, non diagnostic 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, 20-23 weeks when they can see the baby as a whole, and then again at 25-32 weeks to see a more detailed face. Between 28 and 32 weeks, your baby develops more fat and gets a more defined face. After 32 weeks, it becomes more and more difficult to obtain good pictures since the baby is running out of room. However all babies are different and we have been successful in obtaining great images all the way up to 34 weeks.

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 our control like baby's position, the mother's skin type and build, 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 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 approx 30 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 a few minutes early to fill out our 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. We can comfortably seat 5 people, but more are welcome if they would like to stand and watch.

Will I always get great images of my baby?

Most of the time we are able to get great images, but not always. Sometimes if the baby is looking face down toward mum's spine we are unable to get images, or if the baby is laying against the placenta. Every baby scans differently, depending on its gestational age, position, amount of fluid, and mother's condition. We promise to make every effort to obtain the best possible images of whatever parts of the baby that can be seen. If we do not see your baby, we will arrange a return appointment free of charge.

What will determine quality of the images?

Fetal position is the number one determination of how your image quality. Some babies come ready for viewing and great images are obtained. Others simply turn their back or cuddle up to the placenta or the uterine wall or insist on putting their hands and feet in front of their face. We will try hard to make your baby move in order to see and image the face. Drinking juice or eating something sweet may help the baby move a little on that day of imaging.

What if we are not able to get images?

It is our number one priority at 4D Baby to obtain the absolute best images of your baby and make sure you are satisfied to the fullest. We use the top of the line ultrasound equipment to ensure this, however, some factors that determine the outcome of your ultrasound are out of our control such as: location of your placenta, the amount of amniotic fluid surrounding your baby, the clarity of the amniotic fluid, the baby's position, and the overall fetal environment. If we are unable to determine the gender of your child or obtain 3D/4D images at your scheduled appointment due to these factors mentioned above, you will be asked to reschedule and come back for a second appointment within the next 14 days at no charge.

What if my baby is breech?

Breech position is when the baby's head is located at the top of your uterus and feet are down. If you do know that your baby is breech prior to your 3D/4D ultrasound, we do advise you to reschedule your appointment a few weeks later to allow more time for the baby to turn. Good pictures can be obtained with breech babies, but they not guaranteed and are much more likely if the baby is head down. However some babies remain breech until very late in the pregnancy or never turn, if this is the case you can still do a 3D/4D ultrasound and we should be able to get good images if you have plenty of amniotic fluid.

If I am overweight will I be able to get clear ultrasound images?

If you are overweight you should not be afraid to have a 4D elective ultrasound, however we strongly urge that you wait until 30 weeks gestation to give the baby time to obtain more fat on their face. If you are overweight you will need to have a VERY high level of amniotic fluid to obtain clear images of the baby. If you drink the recommend amount of water in the weeks leading up to your appointment there is no reason you should not be able to obtain great images!