FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is an elective prenatal ultrasound?
We offer elective 2D, 3D & 4D prenatal ultrasounds to allow mothers, fathers and other family members a chance to see their unborn baby. This 3D ultrasound session is NOT used to better assess the baby for abnormalities. A routine ultrasound examination should have already been performed to assess the gestational age of the fetus, and to evaluate for fetal anomalies.
Does this take the place of an ultrasound at my doctor’s office?
ABSOLUTELY NOT! Women seeking an elective 3D prenatal ultrasound with our facility must already be receiving treatment with a healthcare provider for prenatal care, and have already received at least one diagnostic ultrasound to confirm their due date, and to screen for fetal anomalies.
Please note: At no time is this exam to be used in place of a complete diagnostic ultrasound, however, we do offer this service in our office with a signed order form from your doctor.
Do I need a verification of prenatal care before receiving an elective prenatal ultrasound?
Yes, it is our policy that all women requesting an elective ultrasound provide documentation that they are receiving prenatal care. Before your ultrasound session, please have the verification form completed by your obstetrician, family practitioner, or midwife. Please fax or bring the completed form with you to your appointment. The Prenatal Care Verification Form is available on this website in a printable format.
Is it safe? Are there any risks to me, or my baby?
Extensive studies for over 30 years have found that ultrasound has not been shown to cause any harm to mother or baby. Routine scanning of all pregnancies is now normal throughout the United States. In 3D/4D scanning exactly the same type and intensity of ultrasound is used as with conventional 2D scanning. 3D and 4D Ultrasounds both utilize sound waves to look inside the body. A probe placed on the body emits sound waves into the body, listens for the return echo and generates an image. 3D/4D ultrasounds are similar to conventional 2D scans in terms of exposure.
Do I need an appointment?
Yes, appointments are necessary for all of our services. Online scheduling is available.
How far along should I be before I have a 3D/4D ultrasound?
If you plan on having only one 3D/4D ultrasound examination, we would recommend having the examination performed between the 28th and 32nd week of the pregnancy. Many mothers obtain more than one 3D/4D ultrasound, and have images to enjoy, and compare between their second and third trimesters. NOTE: If you are expecting twins the best time is between 24 and 27 weeks.
Will I always get a beautiful picture of my baby?
Usually, but not always. Sometimes, baby will be persistently positioned face down, i.e. towards your spine, so it may be difficult to see his/her face. If this happens, a repositioning or repeat scan will usually succeed because the baby may turn to a more favorable position. However, we make no promises that the images will be similar to those you might have seen elsewhere or even from our clinic, or that we can always meet everyone’s expectations. Every baby scans differently, depending on its gestational age, position, amount of fluid, and mother’s physical condition. We promise to make every effort to obtain the best possible images of whatever parts of the baby that can be seen. Drinking lots of water a few days before the scan can be helpful.
Can I bring my family and friends?
Yes. In fact, we encourage our clients to invite family and friends to attend the elective 3D/4D ultrasound session. This is a joyous and wonderful experience, one that should be shared with those you love most. (Seating for 8 is available)
Is the 3D/4D ultrasound covered by Insurance?
At this point, insurance does not cover the costs of our ultrasounds. Since this is an elective procedure and is not intended to be a replacement for your physician-ordered ultrasound, you will need to pay the cost of this ultrasound as an out-of-pocket expense. We accept cash, Visa, MasterCard, and debit cards. Sorry, no personal checks.
What can I do to improve the quality of my ultrasound?
DRINK PLENTY OF WATER!!! If you don’t normally drink water daily you should consider doing so beginning at least 3 days before your scheduled appointment. Hydration can significantly improve the clarity of an ultrasound.
What is a diagnostic ultrasound?
Any ultrasound that is ordered by your physician to assess any problems or ailments that you may be experiencing. This type of exam will be read by a board certified radiologist in Houston, who will then provide a detailed report to your doctor within the next 3 days after your appointment.
Do you accept medical insurance as a form of payment?
No. I do not accept insurance at this time. In an effort to provide low cost quality ultrasound exams I accept cash, credit cards, debit cards and HSA cards.
Should I be fasting before my exam?
If any special prep is needed, before your exam the instructions to follow are provided for you when the exam is scheduled. Your doctor should also inform you of the necessary prep for specific exams.