What is Ultrasound?
An ultrasound scan, also referred to as a sonogram, diagnostic sonography, and ultrasonography, is a device that uses high frequency sound waves to create an image of some part of the inside of the body. Such as the stomach, liver, heart, tendons, muscles, joints and blood vessels. Experts say that because sound waves rather than radiation are used, ultrasound scans are safe. Obstetric sonography is frequently used to check the baby in the womb.
Are there any risk to either the mother or the baby?
Ultrasound procedures are non-invasive meaning it does not use radiation that may harm the mother and the unborn baby. It uses sound waves to generate images of the inside of your womb using a small probe placed on the surface of your body. The procedure is completely harmless and painless.
What is the difference between 2D, 3D and 4D Ultrasound?
2D Ultrasound was once the only option to view your baby within the womb. Technology has advanced to include additional options. 2D ultrasound provides traditional black and white images that see right through your baby. Usually, this kind of ultrasound is used to see your baby’s internal organs and is frequently for diagnostic purposes. 3D ultrasound offers a more detailed color image of your baby. Specific features such as nose, fingers, feet, etc., are often captured. This kind of ultrasound only offers still pictures of your baby. 4D ultrasound is the most advanced, providing moving images similar to a video of your baby inside the womb.
What is the ideal weeks or months of pregnancy for a 3D/4D scan?
The ideal time is between the 20th and 32nd week of your pregnancy or between 5 and 7 1/2 months of pregnancy. Since during this period the amnoitic fluid is still enough for the baby to move freely. Some mothers choose to have multiple ultrasounds at different stages of pregnancy. We can generally capture impressive images anytime after 23 weeks.
How long will the ultrasound be done and do I need an appointment?
You will need to book an appointment so we can be sure to allow ample time to conduct your ultrasound. The procedure can last up to 30 minutes depending on the position of your baby. In case the baby is uncooperative during the scan we are giving free re scan within 2 weeks. Most of the time we are able to capture beautiful and amazing photos. However, each baby photographs differently and end results can vary. If your baby is looking downward it can be difficult to see his or her face. If this happens, we will perform the scan again. We will make every effort to obtain the most magnificent photos possible of your baby.
Can family or friends accompany me to the ultrasound room?
Definitely Yes! In fact we encourage you to bring family and friends for this momentous moment.
What are the preparations prior to my ultrasound schedule?We highly recommend drinking plenty of water at least five days before the appointment. The more hydrate you are, the better the chance for clearer images. Eating a small meal of snack an hour before your schedule will help as well.
Can you tell me the sex of my baby?
In most cases we can determine the gender as early as 14 weeks. However, a number of factors such as fetal position can hinder the ability to determine your baby’s gender. We know this is very important to some parents, so if we cannot determine the gender while you are here, we will extend the opportunity for you to come back for another session free of charge.