Frequently Asked Questions
What is 2D, 3D and 4D?
2D is the standard black and white ultrasound. This type of ultrasound is recommended for babies that are 20 weeks and younger. 2D is the preferred type of imaging for gender determination since it is most accurate.
3D is an ultrasound that allows you to view the surface anatomy of the baby and get a clear image (in color) of the baby’s face, hands, feet, etc. It is recommended to do 3D imaging later in pregnancy (26-35 weeks)
4D is simply 3D ultrasound captured in real time (video). This imaging allows you to capture the baby’s movement and activity in 3D. You can see the baby smile, yawn, play with hands, feet, etc.
Does this take the place of an Ultrasound at my doctor’s office?
Absolutely NOT! Women seeking an Ultrasound from Hello Little One must already be receiving treatment with a healthcare provider for prenatal care and have already undergone a medical, diagnostic Ultrasound ordered by their provider to confirm their due date, screen for fetal anomalies, and to look for any other pregnancy related issues. At no time is this exam to be used in place of a diagnostic Ultrasound.
Will you provide measurements of the baby or establish a due date?
NO! We are an optional service and do not replace any aspect of your prenatal care. It is very important to establish care with a healthcare provider as early as possible in the pregnancy to establish an accurate due date and establish prenatal care. We urge you to consult your health care provider if you have any concerns about your pregnancy.
Is Ultrasound safe?
Yes, in the 40 years of use, there has never been a harmful effect shown by the use of ultrasound. Many women have multiple ultrasounds during their pregnancy with no negative effect on the baby.
Is the 4D Ultrasound covered by Insurance?
At this point, 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, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.
Do I need a referral from my doctor?
Hello Little One requires all potential clients must be under the active care of a physician or midwife. However, with this being an elective ultrasound, a physician’s referral is not required.
Who performs the Ultrasound?
Hello Little One employs only registered/board certified sonographers whose specialty has been specific to OB/GYN. This is an important factor when deciding to choose an imaging center. Using qualified sonographers provides a more efficient and effective ultrasound experience.
Should I make an appointment in advance?
Yes, we require you to make an appointment in advance.
Will I always get a beautiful picture of my baby?
Usually, but not always. Sometimes if the baby is persistently camera shy, it may be difficult to see the baby’s face. If this happens, a repeat scan will usually succeed because the baby has turned to a favorable position. 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.
Can I bring my family and friends?
Yes. In fact, we encourage our clients to invite family and friends to attend the Ultrasound session. This is a joyous and wonderful experience, one that can be shared with your family and loved ones. We can comfortably accommodate you in our Ultrasound room. Our seating is arranged so that everyone in your party will have an excellent view of our large screen 4D images of the baby.
When are you able to tell the gender of the baby?
In most cases we can provide an indication of the gender of the baby at 16 weeks. We can’t however guarantee that the baby will cooperate during your session. Certain factors such as body tissue content, unsure due date and fetal position all affect the ability to determine gender.
What do I need to do to prepare for my appointment?
You will want to make sure you stay well hydrated in the days leading up to your appointment. Do not have a heavy meal within 2-3 hours of your appointment time. On the way to your appointment you may have a small snack to help get baby active. As long as you are not diabetic, cold sweet snacks are best. You do NOT need a full bladder.
What is your cancellation and refund policy?
We request 24 hours notice if you decide to cancel your appointment. Your satisfaction is very important to Hello Little One 4D Ultrasound Studio and if your baby does not cooperate we will have you come back at no additional charge for a rescan within 2 weeks of your original appointment if the package you have chosen is eligible for a free repeat. No refunds issued.