Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between 3D and 4D Elective Ultrasound?
3D is a still image, while 4D/HD adds the dimension of motion.
What is your studio like?
We pride ourselves on having an inviting, relaxing, spacious, and comfortable environment for you and your family.
We offer a projection for your viewing pleasure.
Is 4D/HD elective ultrasound safe for me and my baby?
Our 4D/HD ultrasound services use the same frequency as your doctor would use in a normal 2D ultrasound. Ultrasounds have been used for over 40 years and according to the FDA, there have been no proven side effects from its proper use.
Do we accept insurance?
No, we do not accept insurance because this is an elective service.
When is the best time to have a 4D/HD elective ultrasound?
That depends on what you are looking to see. Many mothers like coming in twice, early in pregnancy around 15-26 weeks, when they can see their baby’s entire body, 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. However, all pregnancies are unique, and we have been successful in obtaining great images all the way up to birth.
How good are you at determining baby’s gender?
We offer early gender detection at 14 weeks, however at 15+ weeks we can determine the gender with high accuracy. If the gender cannot 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.
How can I be sure to get the best possible 4D/HD 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 sonographer's control like the baby's position, the mother's skin type and build, amount of amniotic fluid, etc.
What should I do prior to the 3D/4D/HD/5D 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/5D 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/HD/5D ultrasound session?
Depending on the ultrasound package that you select, your session will last between 10 and 30 minutes. Plan on spending 30 minutes to an hour at our studio to allow us to send you home with memories to last a lifetime. We encourage you to shop the children’s boutique, check out our gender reveal items and heartbeat animals to add to your experience!
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! We can comfortably seat 8 guests. Toys and books are available for your children’s entertainment.
Will my doctor be contacted about the 3D/4D/HD/5D ultrasound?
We do not contact your doctor prior to the scan because this is an elective procedure. We do require that you currently are under prenatal care, and if you have any concerns, you should ask your doctor. Ultrasound technicians cannot and will not make a diagnosis. We do not provide any medical advice.
Will I always get great images of my baby?
Most of the time we can get great images, but not always. Sometimes if the baby is face down toward mom'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.
What will determine quality of the images?
Fetal position is the number one determination of your image quality. Some babies are ready for viewing, and great images are obtained. Others simply turn their back or cuddle up to the placenta and/or the uterine wall, and most babies insist on putting their hands and feet in front of their face. We will try hard to make your baby move and capture images of their face. Drinking juice or eating a little candy may help the baby move a little on that day of imaging (unless stated otherwise by your physician.)
What can I do to improve the images of my ultrasound?
WATER! is the best answer to how to improve your images. You should be drinking plenty of water beginning at least 7 days before your scheduled appointment. Water can improve the quality of an ultrasound.
What if we are not able to get images?
It is our number one priority to obtain the absolute best images of your baby & 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, & the overall fetal environment. If we are unable to determine the gender of your child or obtain 4D/HD images at your scheduled appointment due to these factors mentioned above, you will be asked to reschedule & 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 not know that your baby is breech prior to your 4D/HD ultrasound, we do advise you to reschedule your appointment for a few weeks later to allow more time for your baby to turn. Good pictures can be obtained with breech babies, but they are not guaranteed. Some babies remain breech throughout your entire pregnancy, if this is the case you can still schedule a 4D/HD elective ultrasound and we will do our best to obtain the best images possible. If your baby is breech, please follow all the pre-appointment recommendations especially drinking lots of WATER!
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/HD elective ultrasound, however we strongly urge that you wait until after 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 recommended amount of water in the weeks leading up to your appointment there is no reason you should not be able to obtain great images!
How can I book an appointment?
Our elective ultrasound services are by appointment only.
You are welcomed to book your appointment by visiting our booking website.
You can also call or text Kelsi at 208-886-0985
How can I pay for my appointment.
We accept cash, credit/debit card and Venmo.
Do you offer Gift Certificates?
We do offer gift certificates. They can be purchased at our Boutique, or we can happily mail one out to the recipient.