3D 4D Ultrasound Questions
What is a 3D ultrasound?
3D ultrasound is a medical ultrasound technique, often used during pregnancy, providing three dimensional images of the fetus.  There are several different scanning modes in medical and obstetric ultrasound. The standard diagnostic mode is 2D scanning.  In 3D fetal scanning, however, instead of the sound waves being sent straight down and reflected back, they are sent at different angles. The returning echoes are processed by a sophisticated computer program resulting in a reconstructed three dimensional volume image of the fetus.
What is the difference between 3D and 4D ultrasounds?
A 4D ultrasound is a video clip of your baby in 3D, where the fourth dimension is time. You can see your baby in 3D moving over time, and this clipalong with your entire ultrasound session can be saved on DVD.

Can we hear or feel ultrasounds?
Neither you nor your baby will hear the ultrasound waves. These sound waves have a minimal effect. When the system is used only in the Obstetrics Application, the 2D, 3D, 4D ultrasound energy is limited by the manufacturer below FDA limits for obstetrical ultrasound, whether scanning 2, 3 or 4D. (The FDA limit for obstetrical ultrasound is 94 mW/cm2)
 The strength (or loudness) of the ultrasound waves from our 3D ultrasound machine is closely regulated by the FDA.  Our 3D, 4D ultrasound machine at Prenatal Sneak Peek 3D 4D ultrasound Bel Air, Maryland meets these regulations. 

Is getting an elective (non-medical) ultrasound safe for my baby?
Since July, 1955, when ultrasounds were first used in pregnant women, and over the last 30 years of widespread almost universal use of ultrasounds, there has not been a single known case of a miscarriage or abnormality attributed to the use of 2D 3D 4D ultrasounds. Its safety profile has been proven over the decades.  While there has been no conclusive evidence for harmful effects of 3D ultrasounds on a developing fetus, there still remains controversy over its use in non-medical situations.  Generally, the AIUM recommends that 3D ultrasounds should be undertaken with the understanding that an unknown risk may exist.

Note: Women undergoing in vitro fertilization have to receive an obstetric ultrasound every week, and even in these cases, there has been no report of any harm or risk to the baby or mother. 

What are the benefits of receiving a 3D ultrasound other than being able to see my baby and being able to show my friends and family?
Bonding with your baby during pregnancy has an immense benefit, and elective (non-medical) 3D ultrasounds have been shown to improve bonding between mother and child and also between father and child. Women who have received a 3D ultrasound are motivated to have healthy behavior during pregnancy, such as taking prenatal vitamins, and are more likely to breastfeed after the birth of their child. They are more likely to quit smoking and avoid alcoholic beverages after receiving a 3D ultrasound and 3D ultrasound pictures of their baby. So there are many indirect and unmeasurable benefits to having a 3D ultrasound of your baby. 
When is the best time to get a 3D ultrasound?
 Week 16 - 23: Gender Determination! Find out if it is a boy or a girl. 
 Week 26 - 29: Best Viewing. Make your appointment during this time and you may see amazing activities such as him playing with his feet or her giving a big yawn. Often times you can even catch your baby looking right back at you! 
 Week 30 - 32: Good Viewing. Want another peek? There is still fairly good movement during the 30-32 week period. If you have already had a 3D 4D Sonogram at 26-28 weeks or if this is your first time, this is your second best opportunity to make an appointment. The sooner the better... so don't delay!
 Week 33 - 35: Unpredictable Viewing. After 33 weeks, it becomes very difficult to get a good view, due to the limited movement of the baby at this time.  You are still able to schedule an appointment during this time, however, please be aware it is unlikely your session will be as successful, as earlier weeks in your pregnancy.
How can I get good 3D ultrasound pictures of my baby on my 3D ultrasound?
Make sure to drink the recommended daily intake of water during the week leading up to your appointment (six 8-oz glasses a day). This will help make sure that there is enough fluid around the baby and that the amniotic fluid is clear.  You do not need to have a full bladder for our 3D ultrasounds.  So don't worry about holding your urine.

We recommend heavier-set women wait to schedule 
their 3D ultrasound appointment between 30 and 32 weeks in order to get the best pictures. 

We do our best to provide excellent service!! A large part of our business is from referrals. 
What form of payment do you take?
We accept payment by cash (preferred) or credit card. For credit card payments, we accept VisaMastercard, and Discover
I want to know if I am having a boy or a girl, now!! When is the earliest time I can schedule a gender check?  Prenatal Sneak Peek can come to you, as early as 16 weeks to have the gender of your baby checked.  Perfect for parents who just can't wait until their 20 week ultrasound anomaly screening!! We can also keep the gender a secret for those of you who are doing a separate gender reveal party. 
I am scheduled to get a 3D ultrasound with your company. But I don't want to know the sex of the baby. Can I still get a 3D ultrasound? Of course. We will respect your wish not to know the sex of your baby. Just be sure to inform your ultrasound technician before beginning the procedure. 
I kind of want to know the sex of the baby but not really. No, actually, I don't want to know. Not yet, anyway. Can I change my mind? Yes. We can record the sex of the baby and keep the gender on file. If you want to know later, you can simply call and ask. 
I was looking forward to a beautiful face shot of my baby in 3D ultrasound, but my baby's hands were always in front of his face. Can you come back? Babies often have their hands in front of their face, sucking their thumbs, covering themselves, etc. These 3D ultrasound pictures are still very cute and provide a better glimpse into your baby's personality. You will be surprised at how much you will treasure the natural, spontaneous pictures of your baby in his or her most comfortable position over a manipulated picture. You may even see your newborn baby holding his hands in the same way, whenever he or she is happy or excited. During your session, we try to get the best angle and can do some limited techniques to encourage the baby to move. Your satisfaction is the utmost importance to us!!  It makes us look good if you have the best “ideal” 3D ultrasound pictures to show-off to your family and friends.  If we are unable to obtain face photos, we will return for free. Free one time return included when purchasing the Deluxe package or above, within two weeks. Of course, you are welcome to purchase another session when you are further along in your pregnancy.
How can I cancel my appointment?  It's easy to cancel your appointment, however, we ask that you do so at least 24 hours in advance.
By phone: Simply call us at 443-226-8869 to cancel your appointment. If you are calling and there is no answer, please leave us a voice mail.
By email: You can also send us a quick email to cancel your appointment at info@prenatalsneakpeek.com
By text: Simply text us with your name, date, and time of appointment with the word "cancel" and we will cancel your appointment.
Will you be able to tell if there is anything wrong with my baby during my 3D ultrasound session? Our registered ultrasound technicians do not perform medical diagnostic work at our facility. No medical diagnosis or evaluation takes place. This 2D, 3D, 4D ultrasound service is purely for family bonding and enjoyment. We only see the outside of the baby, and so this ultrasound can not take the place of your medical ultrasound ordered by your ob/gyn physician. If there is something obvious or concerning, then we will of course inform you and contact your ob/gyn physician. We may contact your ob/gyn physician first, if we are unsure about something that we are seeing and in order to coordinate your medical care in the best possible way. If we do not notice anything wrong, this does not medically clear you in any way and you would still need to have regular prenatal visits. If for any reason, the ultrasound technician does notice something unusual or concerning, this also does not mean that there is definitely anything wrong, as most unusual things noticed on ultrasound end up being normal and not harmful. 

Will insurance cover my 3D ultrasound?
Because 3D ultrasounds provided by Prenatal Sneak Peek are not medical procedures and are not medically necessary, medical insurance does not pay for this service. If you have money set aside from your paycheck for medical-related expenses not covered by insurance which is untaxed, such as a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or Health Spending Account (HSA), you may be able to be reimbursed from that fund for your 3D ultrasound, depending on the discretion of your employer. Please check with your employer. However, please note that 3D ultrasounds are generally not covered by FSA, according to the FSA criteria.
What are your requirements for getting a 3D ultrasound? Do I need a doctor's referral or anything like that? No, you do not need a doctor's referral, a doctor's note, or any special form from your doctor. The only requirement that we have is that you are pregnant and that you have an ob/gyn physician that you are getting prenatal care from. Although, a referral is not required, we do recommend that you let your physician know that you scheduled a 3D ultrasound with Prenatal Sneak Peek.
Do you have a medical director? No. Prenatal Sneak Peek does not have a medical director. It is expected that all of our customers are receiving prenatal care from their own ob/gyn physician, midwife, or family practice doctor.