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Frequently Asked Questions about Elective Prenatal Sonograms


Q: What is an elective  prenatal ultrasound?
A: We offer elective  2D, 3D, 4D and HD Live prenatal sonograms with the express intent of offering expectant parents the opportunity to see a sneak peek of their baby.  We bring your family realistic surface images of your baby and the ability to actually watch their movements, while still in the womb. 

Please note we do not make any claims that 3D ultrasound as used in our facility should be  used to better assess the baby for abnormalities.  You should have already  had your routine 2nd trimester ultrasound examination which is used  to assess the gestational age of the fetus and to evaluate for any  abnormalities as well as the basic fetal anatomy. 


Q: Can this type of ultrasound be used to take the place of a sonogram at my doctor’s office?
A: ABSOLUTELY NOT!!  Any woman seeking an elective prenatal ultrasound with Sonotique  must be under the care of a doctor for her current pregnancy and needs to have previously undergone a medical, diagnostic ultrasound to confirm the due date, screen for fetal abnormalities and to look for any other pregnancy  related concerns.  During your elective ultrasound at Sonogram,  we will confirm the position of the  baby, number of babies in the pregnancy and confirmation of the babies heart-rate.  Please note, at no time is this exam to be used in lieu of a  complete diagnostic ultrasound. 

Q: Is 3D/4D ultrasound sonogram imaging safe?  Is there any risk to me or my baby?
A: Sonograms have been  performed and studied for more than 30 years.  Never has a sonogram been shown to cause ANY harm to mother or baby.  Today, sonograms are routinely used in all pregnancies in the United States.  3D/4D and HD sonograms uses the EXACT same type an intensity of ultrasonic waves that is used with traditional 2D  ultrasound. 

Q: What is the  difference between 3D and 4D and HD Live?
A: The 4th Dimension or (4D) is the element of time, added to the 3D image of your baby, so in 4D we are able to watch the baby’s movement in real time.  HD Live goes in to even more depth that can capture in between some areas to bring crisper images.

Q: How long will my appointment take?
              A: Plan on spending about 45 minutes with us. Depending on the package you choose, your sonogram session will be between 20-45 minutes, but please arrive a little early to  fill out your paperwork. By the time you leave, you will have your USB of your pictures ready to take

 with you! 

Q: What do I need to do before my appointment?
A:  We do ask the following: 

  • Please arrive 5 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time to fill out your       paperwork so we can use your full time for your sonogram.
  • If you do NOT have gestational diabetes, please drink your favorite juice or soda 20 minutes before your appointment to help wake up your baby. 

Q: How much does it  cost?
A:   Please click on our Schedule/Prices tab to view each package and prices.

Q: When is the best  time for me to have a 3D/4D ultrasound?
A: If you plan on  having only one 4D ultrasound, the best time to come is between 26-30  weeks.  We do have a package where you come twice, to see how your baby  grows and changes during the last phases of your pregnancy.  If you would  like to come twice, your first appointment would be between 21- 24 weeks and  the second between 27-32 weeks.

Q: Will the pictures  of my baby look like the ones I see on the website and brochure?
A: We usually get great pictures.  However, there are several factors that affect the  clarity of the images we get.  The baby’s position, the possibility of the baby having an arm, leg or foot blocking the face, the amount of amniotic fluid  and tissue density of the mother, and the gestational age can all affect the  outcome of the pictures.  If we do not get any pictures on your first visit, due to the baby’s position or objects obstructing our view of the face,  we will bring you back and try again.

Q: What is your return policy?
A: If we are unable to get any pictures of your baby on your first visit, we will invite you to come  back with in one week for no additional charge. If on your second visit, we are  still unable to get pictures (due to the baby’s position) but feel that good  pictures are obtainable, you can choose to come back a third time, for a $30  fee.

Q: Can I bring family  and friends?
A: We encourage you to invite those closest to you to share in this amazing experience.  However, our office comfortably seat 5 adults but we never limit the number of guests you                   can bring!

Q: Can you tell the sex of the baby?
A: All of our packages come with a gender determination/confirmation (if desired).  In most                   cases we are able to confirm the gender, however we can not guarantee that the baby will cooperate.  The earliest we do gender confirmation is 15 weeks. If you are coming in for a “Gender                   Check” package and we are unable to tell you the gender, we will invite you back again in a week for no additional charge to try again. 

Q: I am having twins  (or triplets). When should I come in for my 4D ultrasound?
A: The best time is  between 24-26 weeks. Please book your appointment accordingly. Also, note that  because we want plenty of time to try to get images on both babies, your ultrasound session will be twice as long, and you will get more pictures than someone with a singleton. Because of these factors, we add $70.00 to the price of any of our packages.

Q: Is this covered by  my insurance?
A: Currently, insurance does not pay for this elective procedure.  You will need to  cover the cost of the appointment at the time of the service.  We accept cash, check, MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and American Express.