HearBaby 3D/4D Ultrasound FAQ’s

We are the premier center in Atlanta 3D/4D ultrasound imaging and find the technology to be a tool of great benefit when used in conjunction with standard 2D studies. We provide a variety of pictures in various formats (e.g. PDF, JPEG, e-mail, DVD) for your mementos, depending on the ultrasound package that you choose.

It is important to note that babies do not always cooperate as desired and we cannot always obtain pictures and video in all dimensions. We encourage you to enjoy the time with your baby whether they are posing like a movie star or hiding like a turtle. We see your baby at that specific moment in time and get to see them in slumber or at their most active.

In order to get the best possible 3D/4D pictures it is recommended that you drink at least 1 liter of water each day starting 2 days prior to your ultrasound and including the day of your ultrasound. Keep in mind you do not have to have a full bladder for the ultrasound scan – you can be comfortable so you can enjoy yourself.

This can be the most fun appointment of your pregnancy and we welcome your loved ones to be a part of this moment. Your family and friends can come and relax on our comfortable couch and watch your baby on our wall mounted flat screen LCD TV. We also welcome children, though we do recommend that you bring someone to help with very small children. It can be a wonderful time of bonding for all involved. However, we ask that there is no eating in the office, voices are kept to a reasonable volume and children are either seated or held by an adult while waiting. This helps maintain as serene and peacful an environment as possible for all.

Ultrasound, for the purpose of gender determination, is optimal beginning at 16 weeks, although on occasion it can occur earlier (depending of fetal position and patient size). Our Sonographers are highly skilled at using the ultrasound technology to our best advantage in determining gender and, despite the inherent imperfections in any technology, have an unsurpassed accuracy rate.

Appointment length varies according to the specifics of each ultrasound. Allow 15 – 20 minutes total time for introductory package or basic 2D gender determination and ~ 20 – 30 minutes for the 3D/4D packages.
Your actual scan time depends on the package chosen but the extra time allows us to provide adequate time for fetal repositioning to generate your best possible pictures. Please keep in mind that we need to honor our other appointments and may need to reschedule your appointment if you are more than 15 – 20 minutes late.

We are doing our part to help the environment by preserving trees! During your visit with us at See Baby, our goal is for you to have a unique and exciting experience with your baby. We pride ourselves on being “Green” and have created a virtually paperless workflow, to include distribution of ultrasound images. You may typically take home a small image after your ultrasounds are completed, but outside of that, you can’t do much else with the picture. Electronic images are easier to share with family and friends (via email, text, CD, etc.) or transfer onto posters, mugs, mouse pads, calendars, etc. — the possibilities are endless! These options can only be extended to you through use of electronic images.

Ultrasound has been used for over 35 years in obstetrics with no documented adverse effects to human babies. Countless studies have shown it to be a non-invasive tool with vast benefits. Some doctors use it as part of every routine prenatal visit. We strictly adhere to the standard set by the FDA which “restricts ultrasound exposure to levels that produce few, if any, effects on the fetus, based on epidemiological evidence” (FDA Consumer magazine, January-February 2004 Issue).

Of note, 3D/4D ultrasound imaging uses ultrasound energy subject to these same limits and is not a product of increased frequency or “power” levels, but a combination of increased data gathering (listening) by the transducer and software interpretation after data acquisition.

The result is a vast array of benefits without any harm to mother or baby.

At See Baby our focus is unique. The traditional prenatal ultrasound is enhanced by family-centered, advanced imaging methods to bring you closer to your baby, sooner. During each study, attentive Sonographers use the highest quality 2D, 3D, and 4D imaging technology to connect parents to their baby and show development during that particular stage of pregnancy. We have seen time and time again that through this process, parents feel more connected to the pregnancy and increase their commitment to their prenatal health.

The 3D/4D ultrasounds provided by See Baby are elective in nature and are a supplement to the diagnostic ultrasounds typically performed by your physician or care provided at 18-23 weeks. However be advised that if you are referred by your physician or care provider for Obstetrical problems, medical problems for consultation with the Perinatologist, a detailed, diagnostic 2D ultrasound will be performed. This examination is covered by health insurance.

Therefore, we do not accept insurance for 3D/4D ultrasound scans; you are responsible for the full payment at the time of your appointment.

We accept cash, debit cards, and credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover). See Baby does not accept check payments.

We apologize for any inconvenience if the above noted payment options are not possible.

According to The Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine, the definition for a Maternal Fetal Specialist, who is also known as a Perinatologist is as follows:

“A Maternal Fetal Medicine specialist is an obstetrician/gynecologist who has completed two to three years of additional training and formal education and clinical experience. MFM specialists have advanced knowledge of the obstetrical, medical, genetic, and surgical complications of pregnancy and their affects on both the mother and the fetus.”

Absolutely! We know our name “See Baby” can make it seem as though we only care for women who are expecting but that is not the case. We are excited to offer the option of Gynecological care to women (and teens) at any stage of life. We have a GYN Nurse Practitioner with years of experience, who is dedicated to supporting women in feeling and living their healthiest lives.

It is now possible to do just that. With the ultrasound technology of today you can create memories that will last a lifetime. You are able to see every feature of your baby in a 3D/4D image and capture images from all angles with this new exciting technology.

This is a medical technique that is normally used by doctors and nurses during pregnancy, to display 3D images of the baby during the mothers’ pregnancy. It is referred to as a 4D ultrasound when the baby is moving while viewed in 3D. Ultrasound has been used for many years in pregnancy, however the advent of 3D/4D technology, makes the experience more exciting and memorable.

Ultrasound has been around since 1987 and was developed by Olaf von Ramm and Stephen Smith from Duke University. Naturally with advancing technology ultrasounds have changed dramatically, with the advancements from 2D to 3D/4D technology where you can now see all angles of your baby in utero. This is because the new technology scan’s the whole area of the fetus and can make dimensional image changes based on the sectional scans.

Thanks to our 3D/4D technology, now you don’t have to wait until baby is born to feel the joy of seeing him or her for the first time.

Imagine seeing his or her little hands, a stretch, a yawn a kick. Their little mouth moving with their bodies as they change position. If you have never experienced this, it is truly a sight that will help form an extra special bond between you and your baby. Imagine being able to see what your special bundle of joy is really doing inside, even how big they are getting and what they look like.

In fairness, images can vary depending on the position of the baby, amount of fluid present, baby’s gestational age, position, and the mothers’ body habitus.
The 3D/4D ultrasound technology we have at SEE BABY is some of the best equipment in the business, and the environment to experience your baby in is uncompromising. In essence you deserve to “Experience Excellence” during the care and imaging of your baby. Please see our image gallery and review (the soon to be posted) patient experience anecdotes, to get a better sense of what SEE BABY can bring to your pregnancy.

The differences between 3D and 4D ultrasound

3D ultrasound probe will collect series of fetus images and put them through the process to obtain the 3D images. These images will have the depth (volume) which is called life-like pictures of the fetus. These images will resemble the photos of newborn baby. For 4D Ultrasound, the dimension of time is added, resulting in the movement of the fetus. This newest technology of ultrasound will scan 25 of 3D images continuously per second.

4D Ultrasound enables us to obtain the movement of the fetus that seems natural. Usually 3D ultrasound technique will only provide still images of the part of the baby such as face, arms or legs. 4D ultrasound will help us to see the baby when it yawns; open its eyes, etc. With 4D ultrasound, all of these movements can be clearly noticed as if we film them by video camera. When compared to 2D technique, 4D will give more natural images of the baby and help increasing the bonding between the mother and her baby

Apart from this, 4D ultrasound also use to detect abnormality of the fetus’ internal organs such as spinal cord and heart, to assist the injection to draw some liquid from the fetus organ as the ultrasound can give the precise and accurate injection point, and to measure the volume of the desired organs such as amniotic sac which will enable doctor to calculate period of pregnancy more precisely, especially when the fetus is not yet noticeable.