Learn about 3D, 4D and HD Ultrasounds
The questions listed below are the most frequently asked questions about our elective prenatal
ultrasound sessions. Please read and feel free to contact us if you have any further questions.
What is an elective prenatal Ultrasound?
We offer elective 2D, 3D, 4D and HD ultrasounds to provide a loving bonding experience between the mother, father, family members, friends and baby. We offer ultrasounds for entertainment purposes only which allows us to focus on capturing realistic images and videos for you to keep forever.
Does this take the place of a routine ultrasound with my healthcare provider?
ABSOLUTELY NOT! Women interested in having an elective ultrasound must understand it is not a medical procedure in any way. We strictly concentrate on images/videos, gender determination, hearing heartbeat and baby's position. Please note, at no time is this session to be used in place of a diagnostic ultrasound.
Will you be able to determine if my baby is a boy or girl?
Yes, at 15 weeks we will do our best to determine the sex. We do recommend coming in at 17 weeks to better the chances of sex determination. If we can’t determine the sex we will provide you with another mini session appointment at no charge. The appointment will be a 5-10 minute ultrasound including one black and white 2D image showing the sex. At no time do we ever guarantee the sex of the baby 100%.
Do I have to have a full bladder?
No. There is no need to have a full bladder for your session. We do suggest that you have something sweet to eat or drink a glass of orange juice 15 minutes before your appointment to get the baby active.
What is the difference between 2D, 3D,4D and HD Ultrasound?
The 2D ultrasound is the traditional method and has been used for many years. They provide flatter, two-dimensional, black and white images of your baby. 3D ultrasound is an advanced method which captures a true, three-dimensional image of your baby, often allowing the ability to see specific facial features. 4D ultrasound is a moving 3D image of your baby in utero. HD ultrasound is the newest technology!! This feature renders clearer and more accurate images providing you with breathtaking realistic photos and videos of your baby in real time. Seeing such things as your baby's skin tone, detailed facial features and hair.
Are the images and videos always clear?
We would like to tell you yes, but there is a chance the session may not be clear. There are several factors outside of our control contributing to the success of the session. For example, the position of the baby, the maternal tissue, placenta position, and amniotic fluid can all play a roll. Babies at times may have their hands covering their face or they can also be turned in or too close to the placenta. We also have to consider the thickness of maternal tissue between baby’s face and the ultrasound probe because sound waves get weaker as they travel through the tissues. With more tissue it can result in pictures looking a little fuzzy. For fuller-figured mothers we suggest to wait until the baby reaches a certain size after 26 to 27 weeks so we can get better images. If for some reason beyond our control, we cannot attain at least one image of your baby we will invite you back to try again.
Can I bring my family, friends and children to the session?
Absolutely!! Children are welcome also, but they MUST always be supervised for safety. We ask that you have one other adult supervise the children you bring with you to ensure their safety. We can comfortably seat our client plus 5 people.
How safe is the ultrasound for me and my baby?
Ultrasounds were first used for clinical purposes 30 years ago and over that time it has been found that ultrasounds have not caused any harm to mother or baby. The machine uses high frequency sound waves that cannot be heard by the human ear and have been preformed on millions of women. Routine scanning of pregnancies is widely used across North America.