3D/4D FAQs

Q: Do you perform 3D/4D ultrasound?

A: We are the premier center in Atlanta 3D/4D ultrasound imaging and find the technology to be a tool of great benefit when used in conjunction with standard 2D studies. We provide a variety of pictures in various formats (e.g. PDF, JPEG, e-mail, DVD) for your mementos, depending on the ultrasound package that you choose.

It is important to note that babies do not always cooperate as desired and we cannot always obtain pictures and video in all dimensions. We encourage you to enjoy the time with your baby whether they are posing like a movie star or hiding like a turtle. We see your baby at that specific moment in time and get to see them in slumber or at their most active.

In order to get the best possible 3D/4D pictures it is recommended that you drink at least 1 liter of water each day starting 2 days prior to your ultrasound and including the day of your ultrasound. Keep in mind you do not have to have a full bladder for the ultrasound scan - you can be comfortable so you can enjoy yourself.

Q: Can I bring my family to my 3D/4D appointment?

A: This can be the most fun appointment of your pregnancy and we welcome your loved ones to be a part of this moment. Your family and friends can come and relax on our comfortable couch and watch your baby on our wall mounted flat screen LCD TV. We also welcome children, though we do recommend that you bring someone to help with very small children. It can be a wonderful time of bonding for all involved. However, we ask that there is no eating in the office, voices are kept to a reasonable volume and children are either seated or held by an adult while waiting. This helps maintain as serene and peacful an environment as possible for all.

Q: How early can you find the gender?

A: Ultrasound, for the purpose of gender determination, is optimal beginning at 16 weeks, although on occasion it can occur earlier (depending of fetal position and patient size). Our Sonographers are highly skilled at using the ultrasound technology to our best advantage in determining gender and, despite the inherent imperfections in any technology, have an unsurpassed accuracy rate.

Q: How long do appointments take?

A: Appointment length varies according to the specifics of each ultrasound. Allow 15 - 20 minutes total time for introductory package or basic 2D gender determination and ~ 20 - 30 minutes for the 3D/4D packages.
Your actual scan time depends on the package chosen but the extra time allows us to provide adequate time for fetal repositioning to generate your best possible pictures. Please keep in mind that we need to honor our other appointments and may need to reschedule your appointment if you are more than 15 - 20 minutes late.

Q: Why do I receive ultrasound images via SMS, email, CD, DVD, etc. at the end of my visit, instead of a printed picture like at other ultrasound facilities?

A: We are doing our part to help the environment by preserving trees! During your visit with us at See Baby, our goal is for you to have a unique and exciting experience with your baby. We pride ourselves on being "Green" and have created a virtually paperless workflow, to include distribution of ultrasound images. You may typically take home a small image after your ultrasounds are completed, but outside of that, you can’t do much else with the picture. Electronic images are easier to share with family and friends (via email, text, CD, etc.) or transfer onto posters, mugs, mouse pads, calendars, etc. -- the possibilities are endless! These options can only be extended to you through use of electronic images.

Q: Is ultrasound safe?

A: Ultrasound has been used for over 35 years in obstetrics with no documented adverse effects to human babies. Countless studies have shown it to be a non-invasive tool with vast benefits. Some doctors use it as part of every routine prenatal visit. We strictly adhere to the standard set by the FDA which "restricts ultrasound exposure to levels that produce few, if any, effects on the fetus, based on epidemiological evidence" (FDA Consumer magazine, January-February 2004 Issue).

Of note, 3D/4D ultrasound imaging uses ultrasound energy subject to these same limits and is not a product of increased frequency or "power" levels, but a combination of increased data gathering (listening) by the transducer and software interpretation after data acquisition.

The result is a vast array of benefits without any harm to mother or baby.

Q: Why choose SEE BABY?

A: At See Baby our focus is unique. The traditional prenatal ultrasound is enhanced by family-centered, advanced imaging methods to bring you closer to your baby, sooner. During each study, attentive Sonographers use the highest quality 2D, 3D, and 4D imaging technology to connect parents to their baby and show development during that particular stage of pregnancy. We have seen time and time again that through this process, parents feel more connected to the pregnancy and increase their commitment to their prenatal health.

Q: Does SEE BABY take medical insurance?

A: The 3D/4D ultrasounds provided by See Baby are elective in nature and are a supplement to the diagnostic ultrasounds typically performed by your physician or care provided at 18-23 weeks. However be advised that if you are referred by your physician or care provider for Obstetrical problems, medical problems for consultation with the Perinatologist, a detailed, diagnostic 2D ultrasound will be performed. This examination is covered by health insurance.

Therefore, we do not accept insurance for 3D/4D ultrasound scans; you are responsible for the full payment at the time of your appointment.

Q: What type of payments does SEE BABY accept?

A: We accept checks, debit card, cash, and credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover).

We apologize for any inconvenience if the above noted payment options are not possible.

Q: What is a Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist (MFM) or Perinatologist?

A: According to The Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine, the definition for a Maternal Fetal Specialist, who is also known as a Perinatologist is as follows:

"A Maternal Fetal Medicine specialist is an obstetrician/gynecologist who has completed two to three years of additional training and formal education and clinical experience. MFM specialists have advanced knowledge of the obstetrical, medical, genetic, and surgical complications of pregnancy and their affects on both the mother and the fetus."