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Frequently Asked Questions About 3D/4D Ultrasound

What are 2D, 3D and 4D ultrasounds?         

An ultrasound machine uses a transducer (camera) to produces sound waves that enter the body and reflect off the surfaces inside the womb. The reflected waves are collected in the transducer and processed by a computer to create an image.  2D means it is a 2-dimensional, flat, black and white image, similar to a standard photo.  (Standard medical ultrasound image)   For a 3D image, sound waves are produced at multiple angles and produce a 3-dimensional image with depth, much like you see in a 3D movie. The image has different color hues that give a life like picture allowing you to see what your unborn baby will actually look like.

4D is multiple 3D image frames put together over time to create a movie. You will be able to observe movements like kicking, yawning or even waving in real time!

Is ultrasound safe?

Yes!  Ultrasound has been performed for almost 70 years, with no adverse effects established. Ultrasound will cause no harm to you or your baby. 

Who will be performing my ultrasound?

Registered Ultrasound Technologists that hold degrees and certifications in Diagnostic Medical Sonography from accredited schools will perform your ultrasound. 

What kind of equipment used?

We use a GE Voluson 730, the very same equipment used in many hospitals and doctor's offices around the country. This unit has 2d/3d/4d and Doppler capabilities. This machine delivers high quality images with more clarity and detail than any other machine available.

When is the best time to schedule my ultrasound?

Gender determination can be done after week 15, and 3d/4d during weeks 22 - 34. We recommend weeks 26-28 as a target for 3d/4d which will allow ample time to rescan your baby if we are unable to obtain images due to the baby's position or blocking of the baby's face by the hands, feet, or cord. What's Kickin does not charge for repeat visits for these reasons. Refer to our easy-to-use maternity calendar to pick the best time. After 35 weeks the baby may be too large or already engaged (descended into the pelvis) and getting good 3D images may not be possible.

We ask that you arrive 10 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time to fill out necessary forms so we may begin your viewing on time.

Are appointments necessary?

Yes, appointments are necessary.  A $25 fee will be charged to hold your appointment. The fee can be paid with a credit card and any cancellations with less than 24hrs notice or a no show will result in a $25 service fee.

We ask that you arrive 10-15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time to fill out necessary forms so we may begin your session on time.

How should I prepare for my ultrasound?

Drink lots of water beginning a few days before and the day of your exam. Hydration can increase the amniotic fluid and improve the clarity of your ultrasound. You do not need to have a full bladder.  Comfort is key. We recommend wearing a comfortable two piece outfit to have better belly access. Please do not wear a dress or one piece outfit.

What should I expect from my viewing?

This is for your enjoyment and bonding time with your baby.  The session will provide you with wonderful and unique keepsake memories in photo and/or video footage. We make every effort to obtain clear and detailed images. We hope to see lots of activity including touching of the face, waving, thumb sucking, swallowing, legs kicking and the list goes on. It all depends on the baby! We will do our best to get your baby moving. If your baby cooperates we will tell you the gender upon request. Please let us know in advance if you do not wish to know the gender. Expect your overall experience to last approximately 45-60 minutes including preparation and processing time.

Will I get a beautiful 3D ultrasound picture of my baby?

Yes; however there are many factors that can interfere. Some of these factors are: position of baby, placental location, amount of amniotic fluid and mother’s body type. To ensure more clarity and detail, the best imaging occurs after 26 weeks when the baby has more fat and tissue developed.  Using our calendar is very helpful to insure the best images.

Does my insurance cover this exam?  

No, this is not a medical procedure ordered by a doctor, and is therefore not covered by insurance.  We accept cash, and all major credit cards. Gift certificates are also available. Sorry, no personal checks accepted.


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