Frequently Asked Questions
Are all Ultrasounds and Sonograms the same?
The sound wave technologies are essentially the same. Sonograms however, utilize more sophisticated computer apparatus enabling precise real time imaging.
Are all sonograms the same?
Absolutely not. We offer the newest 2d, 3d and 4d technology available on the market providing smoother images with greater clarity. Our photo quality printers provide you with 8 ½ x 11” pictures which are suitable for framing. Others provide smaller pictures because their equipment pixelates and looses quality when larger pictures are printed. Simply put, our equipment is more expensive. We believe your baby is worth it. We possess the proper training to safely provide you with the best possible session. That's how we can guarantee your satisfaction. There is a reason more OBYGN's refer 3D Babyface Sonography.
When to come for best possible results?
While excellent sonograms can be performed early in the pregnancy optimal results are attained between 26 and 34 weeks. During this time your baby has sufficiently grown. Its facial features are pronounced giving you a real "snap-shot" of what is to come. Enjoy 4D technology facilitating your ability to see real time movement of your baby while still in the womb. It is possible to see your baby suck his or her thumb weeks before birth.
Can I maximize my chance for a positive result?
Sufficient hydration. The Institute of Medicine advices pregnant women consume about 10 cups of water per day. Of course there are many factors which may effect how many cups you need to drink. Ask your care giver what he/she recommends. Fetal sonograms utilize your amniotic fluid to yield the best possible results. It is not necessary to have a full bladder during the exam.
What is a Sonogram?
A wand, known as a transducer, glides along your abdomen as it sends sound waves which reflect from you baby and into our equipment where it is converted into accurate pictoral images of your baby.
Is there pain?
There is no pain. Since we utilize gel warmers you are spared the shock of cold gel.
Is this a diagnostic Sonogram?
No. We do not pretend to take the place of your medical care giver's prenatal care. Only your caregiver is qualified to analyze and track the health of you and your baby.
If my doctor gives me an ultrasound why would I want another?
Great question. The diagnostic session provided by your doctor is vitally important to monitor the health and growth of your baby. There is little or no time to simply enjoy your baby. At 3D Babyface, we give you the time to acquaint yourself with your baby. You can see for yourself that your baby has Mom's nose or Dad's eyes.
Are Sonograms harmful?
Much scientific research has been completed on this subject. To date there are no scientific studies proving any harmful effects. Our equipment is calibrated within the range suggested by the RSNA. None the less you should do your own research as well as consult with your care giver regarding any concerns you have about the safety of sonograms.
For information on the safety of ultrasounds and sonograms, start by checking these sites:
The FDA discourages women from seeking non-diagnostic ultrasounds from "businesses" providing keepsake images. They warn poorly calibrated equipment operated by untrained people denigrating the importance of diagnostic sonograms while scanning for potentially dangerous lengths of time. We agree. Additionally we caution you to reconsider those "businesses" professing diagnostic examinations from non-medical professionals.
While the FDA conceds, "there is no evidence that these physical effects can hurt the fetus..." you should feel confident that the facility you ultimately visit is competent and truly interested in providing a quality service. While price is always a consideration, think twice if that is your only consideration. If you have concerns address them with your obstetrician or medical care provider. We invite your questions whether you choose to enlist our services or not.
Scheduling an appointment
You will need to bring your medical practitioner's name, address, and telephone number, and acknowledge in writing that you have previously undergone a medical ultrasound or sonogram previous to your 3D Babyface Sonography appointment.
Can I walk in?
Yes. We offer open clinic hours on Tuesdays between 11:00am-2:00pm.