Frequently Asked Questions
Are all 3D/4D facilities the same?
NO! The Pregnancy Studio is a full ultrasound facility. We perform diagnostic ultrasounds as well as 3D/4D/5D scans which are read and interpreted by a board certified Radiologist. We are not a keepsake facility. Our technologists are registered by ARDMS and specializes in Abdominal, Obstetrical and Vascular ultrasound.
What is HD Live?
Our new GE Voluson E8 offers not only superior 3D/4D Ultrasound technology but also a new feature called 5D HD Live. It is an extraordinary rendering method generating amazingly realistic images of the human fetus.
What is the difference between 3D ultrasound, 4D ultrasound, and 5D HD Live?
3D is a still image while 4D adds the dimension of motion so it looks like a video. 5D HD Live is the newest technology available on the market. 5D HD Live takes your traditional 4D Ultrasound and uses a new rendering software and lighting software to allow us to have a much more realistic image of the baby.
Ultrasound uses sound waves, this technology has been used in clinical applications since the 1950’s. In 1975 ARDMS was founded to promote and standardize quality and safety measures for practicing sonographers. Unlike other imaging modalities ultrasound DOES NOT USE RADIATION. There is NO exposure to ionizing radiation with ultrasound. According to the March of Dimes and the FDA, “the greatest danger to a pregnant woman and her unborn child is not actually the machine, but an unskilled operator who may make an incorrect diagnosis”. The knowledge and skills one achieves upon attending an accredited ultrasound program is necessary to assure that all preventative measures are taken to carry out an ultrasound examination with minimal exposure. The Pregnancy Studio has trained sonographers who follow FDA guidelines and principals for length of scan and frequency of ultrasound waves to be as low as reasonably achieved.
What factors determine the image quality?
There are several factors beyond our control that contribute to the overall image quality produced. The position of the baby, the placenta, the umbilical cord, and the fetal limbs can all interfere with the ultrasound photos. The amount of amniotic fluid is a very important factor and necessity for image clarity. Other factors such as thick maternal tissue, fetal activity, and your babies’ gestational age all play a role in the overall image quality. Keep in mind that your pictures are not going to look just like someone else’s that you may have seen because everyone scans differently, but there are some things you can do to prepare yourself for the best possible outcomes (hydration). We make no promises that the images we obtain will always meet everyone’s expectations, however, in this case, a complimentary rescan will be scheduled within 14 days of your original appointment, and we do promise to make every effort with in our control to obtain the best possible images.
Do I need an appointment?
Yes, appointments are necessary for all our services. We are conveniently open 7 days a week. Our cancellation/rescheduling policy: We require a 24 hour notice to cancel or reschedule an appointment.
Are family and friends welcome to join?
Yes, we encourage you to invite family and friends to join you in and share this special experience. If they cannot make the appointment, invite them to join us over the web with 4D Live. This service is available for an additional cost or included in some of our more popular packages.
Do I need to prepare for my appointment?
Yes, it is recommended to increase your water intake 1 week before your appointment. Drinking plenty of water 1 week before will increase your amniotic fluid which will help give us clearer images of your baby. We also ask that you please try to come hungry to your appointment and you may bring drink or snacks. Usually when you are hungry so is your baby. (HINT: they are moving around asking for food). Coming in hungry may increase the chances of having a motivated baby at the time of your session. Or in some cases if the baby is hiding we have the opportunity to send you to go eat, drink and walk around to give the baby sometime hopefully respond to food. Please keep in mind we CAN NOT pose the baby nor tell them what to do.
What are the hours of operations?
We are open 7 days. However, we are by appointment only. Please call our office at (201) 313-8743 or book through our website to schedule now. We recommend scheduling well in advance.
How long will the appointment take?
Depending on the package that you choose, the sessions are between 10 to 30 minutes. However, plan on spending 30 minutes to an hour at our studio so that we can send you home with memories to last a lifetime. It is best to arrive a few minutes early to fill out our paperwork.
When is the best time to find out the gender (sex) of my baby?
We will give you 100% boy or girl as early as 14 weeks. You will be eligible for a complimentary return visit if the baby does not show the gender.
When is the best time to see my baby’s face?
We feel the best time for most women is in there 27, 28, & 29th week. 3D/4D ultrasound can be done up 39 weeks. However keep in mind that the bigger the fetus gets the less you will see. This is because a 3D/4D ultrasound depends on amniotic fluid. As a fetus gets bigger the fluid automatically decreases resulting in images that are not very clear.
Is there anything I can do to improve the clarity of my 3D/4D images?
Yes, in all our years of experience we have notice that women who follow their doctor’s recommendation of drinking 48 ounces to 64 ounces of water a day have more amniotic fluid giving us better chance on getting clear images. Also keep away from juice and sweetened drinks and limit the use of caffeine, too – including caffeinated teas and colas. We recommend you speak to your health care provider and follow your providers’ water recommendations.
Will I receive a refund if my images are not clear?
The clarity of the images is based on you not on us. We apologize but we would not be able to give a refund if the images are not clear. That has nothing to do with the 3D/4D/HD technology nor the staff. That has to do with the amount of amniotic fluid. The more fluid you have, the better the quality of the image. All sales are final.
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What ultrasound equipment is used?
We use state of the art ultrasound equipment. Our ultrasound machine, GE Voluson E8 Expert is the best machine for 2D, 3D & 4D ultrasounds in the market. We are also one of the few ultrasound facilities that have the 5D HD Live technology; which gives amazingly realistic images of your unborn. Please note, many organizations claim to use “state of the art” equipment, when in fact they use older or inferior technology which may not be calibrated properly. All of our equipment was purchased directly from the manufacturer. Our equipment is inspected and maintained regularly.