WHY SHOULD I HAVE A 3D/4D SONOGRAM?
In conventional 2D scanning, the ultrasound image is made up of a series of thin slices and only one slice can be seen at any one time. Although the image is informative the picture you see may not look like a baby. With 3D ultrasound a volume of echoes is taken which can be stored digitally and shaded to produce life-like pictures of the baby. 4D just means that these life-like pictures can be seen to move in real time so the activity of the baby inside your womb can be studied. For example, with 4D scanning the baby can now be seen to yawn, smile, swallow, blink and perform intricate finger movements.
ARE THERE RISKS OR SIDE EFFECTS?
No. The sound waves will not cause discomfort and they do not contain ionizing radiation.
HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR THE PROCEDURE?
You should wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing for your exam.
HOW IS THE PROCEDURE PERFORMED?
Ultrasound imaging is usually painless and fast. The sonographer will apply gel on your skin and press the transducer firmly against your body, moving it until the desired images are captured. The sonographer sees these images on the monitor immediately. The patient is able to see them as well. The examination usually lasts around 45 minutes.
WHO MAY ATTEND THE SONOGRAM?
Visitors are limited to three. Children under age seven should be accompanied by another adult.
WHO INTERPRETS THE RESULTS?
Results are reviewed by one of the obstetricians.
WILL I BE ABLE TO TAKE HOME THE IMAGES?
Yes, you will receive image printouts as well as a CD or video of your session.
DOES INSURANCE PAY FOR 3D/4D
Currently, these are considered fun scans and elective procedures. They are not covered by insurance. The cost is $130.00, which is due at the time of the scan. Your payment will be collected at the Registration Desk or Business Office in the form of cash, check or credit card.
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