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Frequent Questions About 3D/4D Ultrasound

What is ultrasound imaging?

Ultrasound technology uses high frequency sound waves. The waves bounce off tissue and return to the ultrasound machine at different frequencies, depending on the density of the tissue. Our ultrasound machine is a highly specialized computer that translates the returning sound waves into images for viewing on its computer monitor. Our machine is an FDA approved ultrasound machine.

What is the difference between 2D, 3D and 4D imaging?

2D, 3D and 4D are trademarked terminology used in the industry to distinguish the different types of ultrasound pictures and videos that can be provided.

2D ultrasounds are the traditional black and white ultrasounds you have probably seen before. The pictures show the skeletal structure (outline) of the baby. You also get to see the baby moving in 2D! This is the type of ultrasound that was probably used for your diagnostic ultrasound. It is still the best technology for gathering measurements of the baby and ensuring that the baby is developing as expected.

3D shows the tissue of the baby, which is more like real pictures. We can see the roundness of the baby's face, the shape of the nose and the contours of the lips. The color is actually not the color of the baby, it is computer enhanced to make the pictures more appealing. We can show the baby in sepia, blue, or red.

4D shows the tissue of the baby - as the baby is moving. This will provide moving clips of your baby in action! The 4D video clips of your baby are similar to the 3D pictures - but moving!

Is it safe for the mother and the baby?

The biological effects and safety of ultrasound have received considerable attention over the past few years. Several review articles, textbooks, and institutional documents have been published. The American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) has stated that there have been no independently, confirmed significant bioeffects reported to occur in mammalian tissues exposed to focused SPTA intensities of less than 1w/cm. Furthermore, no risk has been identified with the use of diagnostic ultrasound in humans.

Do I need to see a doctor before I visit My Sunshine Baby?

Yes. Of course. You are required to visit a doctor and have a diagnostic medical ultrasound of your fetus prior to visiting our office. Our services are purely for entertainment. We provide non-diagnostic ultrasound. A diagnostic medical ultrasound exam will determine the proper development of the fetus and check for any anomalies.

When is the best time to have an ultrasound performed?

We can perform an ultrasound at any time during the pregnancy, but the best 3D/4D imaging results are generally acquired between 25 and 32 weeks. Very late in the pregnancy, the baby gets very crowded and it is difficult to view the face. We suggest that you are 17 weeks or later for gender check. If you are overweight we suggest that you wait to get your 3D/4D ultrasound done between 31-34 weeks gestation to give the baby time to obtain more fat. Here are some sample videos that you may see when you would like your prenatal pictures done, these videos are all from My Sunshine Baby studio and only from us:

Will we be able to tell if the baby is a girl or a boy?

We are happy to check gender, and this service is included in all of our packages. We prefer to check gender after the baby reaches 19 weeks. Gender determination cannot be guaranteed, however, since we must rely on the cooperation of the baby and several other factors outside our control. But, if you are at least 19 weeks along and we can't tell the baby's gender, we will bring you back for free!

Do I get always get to see baby's beautiful face?

All the 3D, 4D and photograph images you have seen from our GALLERYS are uniquely taken by My Sunshine Baby Studio.
We promise to make our best effort to get you the best possible images for your baby. We CANNOT promise you that the images will be exactly like the other images from our gallery or to those you may have seen elsewhere, or even from your own clinic. Every baby ultrasound is different based on the gestational age, position, amount of fluid, placental location or location of body parts that may interfere with views of the face or other body parts. While we always try our best.

What can I do to ensure the best ultrasound pictures of my baby?

The most important thing you can do to ensure good pictures is to drink plenty of water in the days and weeks leading up to your scan! The more hydrated you are, the clearer the pictures will be! By drinking plenty of water you can increase the amount of amniotic fluid surrounding the baby. Unlike standard 2D ultrasound (black and white) 3D/4D ultrasound requires a significant amount of Amniotic Fluid in order to see the baby with great clarity. Keep your body hydrated is also one of the best things that you should do for your entire pregnancy.
You can also try to pay attention to what things that may help to wake up your baby, and do that on the day of your 3D 4D ultrasound scans; for some moms this means eating a good meal , for others it means having some fruit juice (Orange juice is a great thing) ! Do whatever works for you and your baby so we can see him/her awake and in the mood to play.

Can I bring anyone with me to watch the ultrasound?

Absolutely.We have a very comfortable atmosphere and should be easily able to accommodate 8 people in out upscale studio. Please inform our staff in advance if you plan on bringing more than 8 guests. This is a wonderful experience, one that can be shared with your family and loved ones. You are also welcome to bring your own music for your baby DVD recording.

How long does the 4D ultrasound take?

Depending on the package you choose, the 4D ultrasound session will last between 15 and 30 minutes. Sometimes if the baby is persistently looking face down, i.e. towards your spine it may be difficult to see the baby's face. So we'll try our best to have mom change positions or take a little walk. It may take longer time. In case baby do not change the position, we'll bring you back for a session with no charge.

Do I need an appointment?
Yes. See the Contact page for addresses, phone numbers and email.