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The questions listed below are the most frequently asked questions about our Elective Prenatal Ultrasound packages. Should you have any questions that are not answered below, please call us at 336-667-8241.
Q: What is an elective prenatal ultrasound?
We offer elective 2D, 3D & 4D prenatal ultrasounds to provide a positive bonding experience for the mother, father and family members with the unborn baby. We feel that realistic surface images provide a connection between the parents and baby that can be beneficial to the whole family. We make no claims that 3-D as used in this examination is performed to better assess the baby for abnormalities. A routine ultrasound examination must have already been performed to assess the gestational age of the fetus and to evaluate for fetal anomalies as well as the basic components of fetal anatomy recommended for screening.
Q: Does this take the place of an ultrasound at my doctor's office?
ABSOLUTELY NOT! Women seeking an elective prenatal ultrasound with Foothills Center For Women MUST be receiving treatment with a healthcare provider for prenatal care for the current pregnancy and needs to have previously undergone a medical, diagnostic ultrasound to confirm their due date, screen for fetal anomalies, and to look for any other pregnancy related concerns. During your elective ultrasound at Foothills Center for Women, we will perform a limited diagnostic scan, which includes position of the baby, number of babies in the pregnancy and confirmation of the baby*s heart rate. Please note, at no time is this exam to be used in place of a complete diagnostic ultrasound.
Q: Is it safe? Are there any risks to me, or my baby?
Extensive studies over 30 years have found that ultrasound has not shown to cause any harm to mother or baby. Routine scanning of all pregnancies is now normal throughout the United States. In 3D/4D scanning, exactly the same type and intensity of ultrasound is used as with conventional 2D scanning. 3D and 4D Ultrasound both utilize sound waves to look inside the body. A probe placed on the body emits sound waves into the body, listens for the return echo and generates an image. 4D ultrasound will be similar to a conventional scan in terms of exposure. Rest assured that Pam Sloop, FNP is a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer, who is fully trained and understands the dynamics of the machine and how to utilize it correctly. You can find out the gender of your baby as early as 16 wks!
Q: Do I need a note from my doctor?
No but, it is our policy that all women requesting an elective ultrasound provide documentation that they are receiving prenatal care. So please bring a copy of your 1st ultrasound done at your OB doctor's office.
Q: Do I need an appointment?
Yes, appointments are necessary for all of our services. Please call to schedule an appointment soon as all prime time slots fill fast.
Q: Do I have to be over 18 years old to come to Foothills Center For Women?
No, although we do require a parent or legal guardian sign our admission forms. Please make prior arrangements in this case and call if you have any questions regarding this issue.
Q: What can I do to improve the quality of my ultrasound?
DRINK PLENTY OF WATER!!! If you don't normally drink water daily you should consider doing so beginning at least 5 days before your scheduled appointment. Hydration can significantly improve the clarity of an ultrasound. Expectant mothers that are heavy or full-figured should consider scheduling their 4D ultrasound between 31 and 35 weeks of pregnancy, as the ultrasound tends to be clearer and the results more desirable and comparable to the images in our gallery.
Q: What should I wear to my appointment when I have my Ultrasound?
Please, no dresses, two-piece outfits work best. This provides easy access to the baby and makes for the most enjoyable and comfortable experience.
Q: How far along should I be before I have a 4D ultrasound?
If you plan on having only one 4D ultrasound examination, we would recommend having the examination performed between the 28th and 34th week of the pregnancy. However, excellent images of your baby can be obtained anytime after about 26 weeks of pregnancy. Many mothers obtain more than one 4D ultrasound and have images to enjoy from their second and third trimesters. Remember, expectant mothers that are heavy or full-figured should consider scheduling their 4D ultrasound between 31 and 35 weeks of pregnancy, as the ultrasound tends to be clearer and the results more desirable. Also, please come well hydrated. Q: Will I always get a beautiful image of my baby?
Usually, but not always. Sometimes if the baby is persistently looking face down, i.e. towards your spine it may be difficult to see the baby's face. We make no promises that the images will be similar to those you might have seen elsewhere or even from our clinic, or that we can always meet everyone's expectations. Every baby scans differently, depending on its gestational age, position, amount of fluid, and mother's condition. We promise to make every effort to obtain the best possible images of whatever parts of the baby that can be seen.
Q: Can I bring my family and friends?
Yes. In fact, we encourage our clients to invite family and friends to attend the elective 4D ultrasound session. This is a joyous and wonderful experience, one that can be shared with your family and loved ones. We can also accommodate guests, so bring family and friends.
Q: Are you able to tell the sex of the baby?
Yes, in most cases we can provide an indication of the sex of the baby. We can't however guarantee that the baby will cooperate during your session. Certain factors such as body tissue content, developmental stage and fetal position all affect the ability to determine sex.
If for any reason Foothills Center For Women Ultrasounds cannot determine the gender of your baby after 18 weeks gestational age, we will invite you back to Foothills Center For Women Ultrasound at NO ADDITIONAL COST to determine the gender.
Q: Is the 4D ultrasound covered by Insurance?
Currently, insurance does not cover the costs of our ultrasounds. Since this is an elective procedure and is not intended to be a replacement for your doctor ordered ultrasound, you will need to pay the cost of this ultrasound as an out of pocket expense. We accept cash, Visa, Discover or MasterCard. No checks please.
Q: What kind of ultrasound equipment do you use to perform the 4D ultrasounds?
We use the state of the art GE Voluson P8 to complete all ultrasound examinations. The GE Voluson P8 has been seen in GE television commercials and many printed articles from around the world. This machine is the best 2D, 3D and 4D ultrasound machine available.
Please note, many organizations claim to use "state-of-the-art" equipment, when in fact they use older or inferior technology. Only the GE Voluson P8 generates 3D images with amazing clarity and gives you the same clarity with 4D imagery of your baby in motion. Our sonogram equipment allows you to see your baby in live motion video unlike any other equipment on the market today.
Q: How much does it cost?
We have packages to fit just about anyone’s budget. We continuously strive to provide the highest quality products and packages at the most affordable costs. We always have special discounts, so please continue to visit our website www.foothillscenterforwomen.com or call us for details on our latest discounts at 336-667-8241, also "Like" us on Facebook.
We do not provide Diagnostic Ultrasound services to determine an estimated due date, detect anomalies, or to estimate the weight and/or length of the baby.
Description of the different stages of your pregnancy
You can find out the gender of your baby as early as 16 wks!
16 - 23 wks: Your baby is a very little person at this time. Although he/she is “skinny” at this time, he/she has SO much room! This is an amazing time to come & see your baby kicking, turning over, & flipping around!
24 - 26 wks: Your baby has now doubled in size and has started developing the “chubby” layer. He/she is starting to “grow” and develop into his/her self. Your baby still has room to move about and get some memorable photos and videos.
28 - 31 wks: One of the best times to get photos & videos. Your baby has the chubby cheeks and room to move! Space is becoming more limited.
34 wks and over: Full faces with big cheeks! Since the space is limited, you can still get good photos but the baby has less room for different positions. If you have a smaller build, you will definitely want to schedule earlier than 34 wks.!