Are your Ultrasound Technologists certified and did they go to school for this?
Yes, all the Ultrasound Technologists are registered through the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography, ARDMS, and have years of experience working as an Ultrasound technologist in clinics, hospitals and other patient care locations.
Can I use my insurance to pay for my elective ultrasound?
No, Insurance does not cover elective ultrasounds. Insurance does not cover for gender reveal or 3D/4D ultrasound scans since they are elective and are not intended to be a replacement for your doctor ordered ultrasound. All our exams are an out-of-pocket expense. An elective ultrasound is to provide a bonding experience for the whole family and friends with the unborn baby. We are not assessing the growth or for abnormalities, that is done at your health care providers office. A routine ultrasound should have already been performed to assess the gestational age and evaluate the fetus.
Do I still need to have my ultrasounds done at my healthcare provider?
Yes. Our elective ultrasounds are not to replace your healthcare provider’s ultrasound evaluations. We require that you are already receiving treatment with a healthcare professional. This elective ultrasound is not used to replace your diagnostic exams provided by your healthcare provider.
Is ultrasound safe for me and my baby? Is there any risk to me or my baby?
Yes, ultrasounds are safe for you and your baby. Studies for over 30 years have shown ultrasound does not cause any harm to a patient or their baby. Ultrasound uses sound waves to create images, so there is no exposure to radiation. 3D and 4D are the same intensity of 2D imaging and we use the same frequency and same machines as your healthcare provider uses. Ultrasound is similar to radar and the transducer, which touches your skin, emits a signal and it bounces back to form the image you see on the screen of your beautiful baby. All of our ultrasound technologists are registered in ultrasound physics and will always follow stated guidelines to ensure you and your baby are safe.
Are there things I can do prior to my ultrasound to help achieve good pictures?
Yes. Drinking plenty of fluid the two days leading up to your appointment will help get fluid around the baby. 6 -8 ounces of water is preferred in the few days leading up to the scan. (Please make sure you get clearance from your doctor first if you were told to avoid water or juice) This allows us to get clearer images. Second, eating anything with natural sugar in it right before the appointment can get the baby moving. Having a full bladder is not a requirement but can help with imaging as it pushes the baby up.
What is the difference of 3D and 4D compared with the images I receive from my health care provider?
2D is in black and white and shows basic detail
3D is in color and is appears more lifelike and is a frozen image
4D is in color and in real-time and moving
HD live is the most accurate view of your baby showing details of their body
An ultrasound performed by your healthcare provider is focused on looking for abnormalities and performing diagnostic measurements. We are providing a bonding experience for the whole family.
When can gender be determined using ultrasound?
Any time after 15 weeks and before 32 weeks we can start doing gender scans. Before 15 weeks the baby’s sex organs are not visible on ultrasound.
What will I get to see?
6-12 weeks the shape of the baby and the heartbeat. (We do not play the heartbeat aloud at less than 12 weeks due to Ultrasound guidelines but will show you the waveform of the heartbeat on the screen.) This scan is done in 2D.
15-19 weeks we can see gender clearly and you get to see the entire body
20-28 weeks you can see details of their face and see their body clearly
28-35 weeks you have your chubby body forming and baby appears like a doll
Will I always get a beautiful picture of my baby?
Usually, but sometimes it is necessary to have the mom roll on her side or even stand up and move around to get the baby moving. Drinking some juice and following the hydration guidelines above will help set the stage for great pictures. Every baby is different and has their favorite positions which are not always optimal for imaging unfortunately. We cannot guarantee perfect images but we can guarantee we will make every effort to get the best images we can.
What should I expect during my ultrasound appointment?
The sonographer will make arrangements to come to your home or place of party 4-6 days before and check equipment setup and do a quick scan of the baby to check gender (if requested). This can be kept a secret but just a safeguard in case the baby is uncooperative during the party. Sonographer will arrive on the day of the party 15-20 minutes early to get set up. Please ensure it is in the middle of the party, so all the guests are already present. The sonographer will apply a water-based gel onto your skin and a transducer will make contact with the gel and your skin. For optimal imaging, the room should be as dim as possible. After the exam, you will receive a flash drive with the images of your baby and the printed images requested in your package. The sonographer will take another 15-20 minutes to pack up and leave.
What kind of equipment are you using for ultrasounds?
We use an industry leading portable unit, Samsung HM70 EVO.
Are you able to provide a Diagnostic Ultrasound?
Yes, we can perform the following scans with a Healthcare provider order:
Abdomen, Abdomen limited, OB anatomy exam, OB first trimester, Limited OB scans, Complete OB scans, Pelvic/TV scans, monitoring for IVF, Testicular ultrasound, Carotid, DVT evaluation and Thyroid ultrasounds.
Are your Diagnostics read by a Board-Certified Radiologist?
Yes, our diagnostic ultrasound exams are read by a Board-Certified Radiologist and perinatologist.
How much do your diagnostics cost?
They range anywhere between $200-$500 depending upon which exams are ordered.
Do you offer return discounts for patients?
Yes! We offer 10% off any additional visit but it must be on the same pregnancy.
Do you sell Gift Certificates?
Yes! You can purchase a gift certificate on our website. They are transferable but they are non refundable.
Why do I have to sign a liability waiver?
We have all our clients sign a release of liability because this is an elective, non-diagnostic ultrasound for entertainment purposes only and not a medical exam.
What is your cancellation policy?
If you need to cancel your exam and not reschedule it, you will lose your deposit. We will make every effort to find another time that works if requested.