We offer limited diagnostic live-motion 4D ultrasound. The ultrasound used in this exam is not performed to better assess the baby for abnormalities. A routine diagnostic examination should have already been performed to assess the gestational age of the fetus and for screening of genetic disorders and fetal anomalies.
ABSOLUTELY NOT! Women seeking a limited diagnostic prenatal ultrasound with Baby Steps 3D and 4D Ultrasound must already be receiving prenatal care with a healthcare provider to confirm their due date, screen for fetal anomalies, and to diagnose any other pregnancy related issues.
We include a limited diagnostic scan to confirm the gender, number of babies, baby’s presentation, placental location and presence of a heartbeat. Please note, at no time is this exam to be used in place of a complete diagnostic ultrasound.
Extensive studies over 35 years have found that ultrasound has not been shown to cause any maternal or fetal harm. Routine diagnostic scanning of all pregnancies is now a normal procedure. 3D/4D scans use EXACTLY the same type and intensity of ultrasonic waves as in conventional 2D scans.
The combination of increased data gathering (listening) by the transducer and software interpretation after data acquisition creates these amazing 3D 4D images and not a higher intensity, frequency or ‘power’ output. Our guidelines dictate the systems to be used in the Obstetric Application Mode. This mode is capped by the manufacturer (GE) below the FDA limits (94 milliwatts/cm2) for exposure. In fact, the system takes simultaneous 2D scans in saggital, coronal and transverse planes and the software renders the 3D 4D images. It’s that simple!
We provide forms to mothers and physicians/midwives with clear written statements of the services offered at Baby Steps 3D and 4D Ultrasound. We highly recommend that parents discuss with their doctor about any safety concern on 3D 4D ultrasound.
Published studies on ultrasounds can be reviewed below on Dr. Joseph Woo’s world renowned website, a highly respected source of information on maternal-fetal medicine.
We use the state-of-the-art technology – the GE Voluson 730™. This GE system has been shown in TV commercials and featured in many articles from around the world. It is THE machine to perform 4D live-motion ultrasound. Please note, many centers claim to use “state-of-the-art” equipment, when in fact they use older, inferior technology or do software upgrades for 4D configuration. This compromises the quality of images. Unquestionably, it’s the machine that makes the biggest difference in 4D technology. So insist on a GE system.
Yes, appointments are necessary for all of our services. For weekend and evening appointments, we encourage you to schedule well in advance.
Depending on the package you choose, the session will last between 10 and 30 minutes. However, we require 15 minutes for registration/eligibility and 15 minutes after the scan for printing pictures and formatting the DVD/CD.
If you plan on having only one session, we recommend having the exam performed between 24 and 34 weeks. However, excellent images can be obtained from 18 to 38 weeks. For twins, we recommend scans before 30 weeks.
In most cases you will. Sometimes if the baby’s position is face down, i.e., towards your spine, it may be difficult to see the baby’s face. In this case, a complimentary rescan will be scheduled . However, the scan images may not be similar to those you saw elsewhere or even from our center. Every baby scans differently, depending on the gestational age, position, amount of fluid, placental location and mother’s body habitus. However, we promise to make every effort to obtain the best images.
Yes. In fact, we encourage you to invite family (including siblings) and friends to attend. This is a wonderful and educational experience that will linger in your memories for a lifetime.
Yes, in almost all cases we provide confirmation of your baby’s gender (only if requested). However, if the baby is uncooperative during the session and we are unable to confirm gender ID, we schedule a complimentary repeat scan for a later date.
At this point, insurance does not cover this as it’s a limited diagnostic procedure and is not intended to be a replacement for your physician ordered ultrasound. You will need to pay this as an out of pocket expense. We accept cash, Visa, MasterCard and debit cards.
We have various packages to fit anyone’s budget. Please refer to the Pricing section for our packages. We highly recommend that you call us for price comparison as on an ongoing basis, we have seasonal discount specials.
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