The questions listed below are the most frequently asked questions about our Elective Prenatal Ultrasound packages. Should you have any questions that are not answered below, please call us at (412) 372-2422 or drop us an email at [email protected].
What is an elective prenatal Ultrasound?
We offer elective 2D, 3D & 4D prenatal Ultrasounds to provide a positive bonding experience for the mother, father and family members with the unborn baby. We feel that realistic surface images provide a connection between the parents and baby that can be beneficial to the whole family. We make no claims that 3-D, as used in this examination, is performed 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 as well as the basic components of fetal anatomy recommended for screening.
Does this take the place of an Ultrasound at my doctor’s office?
ABSOLUTELY NOT! Women seeking an elective prenatal Ultrasound with InSight Imaging Inc. must already be receiving treatment with a healthcare provider for prenatal care and have already undergone a medical ultrasound ordered by their provider to confirm their due date, screen for fetal anomalies, and to look for any other pregnancy related issues. Please note, at no time is this exam to be used in place of a complete diagnostic ultrasound.
Is it safe? Are there any risks to me, or my baby?
Extensive studies over 30 years have found that Ultrasound has not been shown to cause any harm to mother or baby. In 3D/4D scanning exactly the same type intensity of Ultrasound is used as with conventional 2D scanning – both utilize sound waves to look inside the body. The American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) recognizes that parents are pursuing elective ultrasound and encourages patients to make sure that practitioners using ultrasound have received specific training in fetal imaging. They also recommend that appropriately trained and credentialed professionals who have received specialized training in fetal imaging perform the ultrasound scan. Henriette Clark, RDMS, is a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer with over 22 years experience in Obstetrics and has extensive training in 3D/4D Ultrasound, as well. You can be assured that the Ultrasound Technicians at InSight Imaging are highly trained in 3D and 4D Ultrasound and have the mother and baby’s health and safety first in mind.
Do I need an appointment?
Yes, appointments are necessary for all of our services.
How long does the 4D Ultrasound take?
Depending on the session you choose your 4D ultrasound will last between 15 – 30 minutes. You can plan on being with us for about 30-45 minutes for your entire visit. How far along should I be before I have a 4D Ultrasound? If you plan on having only one 4D Ultrasound examination, we would recommend having the examination performed between the 27th and 34th week of the pregnancy. However, excellent images of your baby can be obtained anytime after about 26 weeks of pregnancy. Many mothers obtain more than one 4D Ultrasound and have images to enjoy from their second and third trimesters. Will I always get a beautiful picture of my baby? Usually, but not always. Sometimes if the baby is persistently looking face down, i.e. towards your spine it may be difficult to see the baby’s face. 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, the amount of fluid, and mother’s condition. We do promise to make every effort to obtain the best possible images of whatever parts of the baby that can be seen.
Can I bring my family and friends?
Yes! In fact, we encourage our clients to invite family and friends to attend the elective 4D Ultrasound session. This is a joyous and wonderful experience, one that can be shared with your family and loved ones. We can comfortably accommodate 7 to 8 guests. Our seating is specifically arranged so that everyone in your party will have an excellent view of our large-screen 4D images of the baby.
Are you able to tell the sex of the baby?
Yes, in most cases we can provide an indication of the sex of the baby. We can’t, however, guarantee that the baby will cooperate during your session. Certain factors such as body tissue content, developmental stage and fetal position all affect the ability to determine sex.
Is the 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 doctor 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.
What kind of Ultrasound equipment do you use to perform the 4D Ultrasounds?
We use the state of the art GE Voluson 730 PRO to complete all Ultrasound examinations. The GE Voluson 730 PRO has been seen in GE television commercials and many printed articles from around the world. This machine is the best 2D, 3D and 4D Ultrasound machine available. Please note, many organizations claim to use “state-of-the-art” equipment when in fact, they use older or inferior technology. Only the GE Voluson 730 generates 3D images with amazing clarity and gives you the same clarity with 4D imagery of your baby in motion. Our sonogram equipment allows you to see your baby in live motion video unlike any other on the market today.
How much does it cost?
We have packages to fit just about anyone’s budget.
Please refer to the “Services” section of the website for pricing.