For all expectant families out there, you can now see your unborn baby in live 4D motion! 3D Keepsake Imaging uses new cutting edge technology to bring 4D and 3D ultrasound images of your unborn baby to life. You can actually see what your baby is going to look like before birth!
At 3D Keepsake Imaging, we recognize what a very special time this is in your lives. We are excited and proud to provide you with an experience that will have you laugh, cry and be amazed. Using our “state of the art” 4D technology in a relaxed, friendly environment, we welcome you and your family to enjoy these first bonding moments with your baby. Our “living room” type viewing room will ensure your utmost comfort and our 70″ television will provide everyone the best seat in the house.
3D Keepsake Imaging FAQ
Q: What is an elective prenatal ultrasound?
A: This is an ultrasound that is NOT ordered by your doctor or midwife. We offer elective 2D, 3D and 4D prenatal ultrasounds to provide a proactive, unique bonding experience for the mother, father and family members with the unborn baby. Realistic surface images provide a connection between the parents and baby.
Q: Does this take the place of a medical ultrasound?
A: ABSOLUTELY NOT! Women seeking an elective prenatal ultrasound with 3D Keepsake Imaging should be receiving treatment with a healthcare provider for prenatal care. Your imaging session at 3D Keepsake Imaging is strictly an elective ultrasound. At no time is this elective experience to be confused with, or used in place of, a diagnostic ultrasound.
Q: Is it safe? Are there any risks to me, or my baby?
A: Extensive studies conducted over 35 years found ultrasound has not been shown to cause any harm to mother or baby. Routine scanning of all pregnancies is normal throughout the United States. These routine scans would be considered highly irresponsible if there was even a small risk to mother or baby. In 3D/4D scanning, exactly the same type and intensity of ultrasound is used as with conventional 2D scanning; all of these types of scans utilize sound waves to look inside the body. The technology is similar to radar. A probe placed on the body emits sound waves into the body, listens for the return echo and generates an image. 4D ultrasound is similar to a conventional scan in terms of sound exposure.
Q: What is 4D ultrasound and how does it differ from 2D?
A: 3D Keepsake offers regular (2-dimensional) ultrasound services, which were introduced to the public in the 1970s and provide amazing insight into the human body. However, the 4-dimensional ultrasound offers not only the opportunity to see the baby clearly in 3-D (still images), but also adds the fourth element of real-time, which allows the incredible opportunity to see moving images of your unborn child.
Q: What kind of equipment do you use to perform the ultrasounds?
A: We use the state-of-the-art GE Voluson 730 EXPERT to complete all ultrasound sessions. It is widely used in both elective and medical ultrasound and is medical grade technology. Please note, many organizations claim to use “state-of-the-art” equipment, when in fact they use older or inferior technology.
Q: How long does the 4D ultrasound take?
A: Depending on the package you choose, the entire ultrasound appointment will last between 5 and 30 minutes.
Q: How far along should I be before I have a 4D ultrasound?
A: Gender determination can be made beginning at 14 weeks. More realistic and mature images of your baby can be obtained any time after about 28 weeks of pregnancy. Many mothers have more than one 4D ultrasound performed and have images to enjoy from their second and third trimesters. A discount on multiple sessions at 3D Keepsake Imaging will be given to any returning family. See our “Pricing” page.
Q: Will I always get a beautiful picture of my baby?
A: Usually, but not always. Sometimes if the baby is persistently looking face down, i.e. toward your spine or up against the placenta, it may be difficult to see the baby’s face. If this happens, a rescheduled scan will be recommended because the baby likely will have turned to a favorable position. We cannot promise that the images will be similar to those you might have seen elsewhere or even from our office, but we make every effort to exceed everyone’s expectations. Every baby scans differently, depending on its gestational age, position, amount of fluid and mother’s body type. To increase successful results it is recommended to be well hydrated.
Q: Can I bring my family and friends?
A: Yes. In fact, we encourage our clients to invite family and friends to attend the elective ultrasound session. This is a joyous and wonderful experience, one that can be shared with your family and loved ones. Children are always welcome.
Q: Are you able to tell the sex of the baby?
A: Yes, in most cases we can determine the gender of the baby any time after 14 weeks. If for some reason we cannot, we will ask you to return within a week for a short repeat session, at no extra charge. We can also be creative in keeping the gender of the baby a secret and or in helping plan the announcement through a third-party, such as a bakery, florist, etc.
Q: Is the ultrasound covered by Insurance?
A: No, insurance does not cover the costs of elective 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 full cost of this ultrasound. We accept cash, Mastercard, Visa, Debit cards and checks ($20 charge on return check fee). Gift certificates are also available!
Q: Do I need an appointment?
A: Yes, appointments are necessary for all of our services. Please call or visit our online scheduling section.
Q: How much does it cost?
A: We have packages to fit just about anyone’s budget. Please refer to our “Pricing” page for more information on available packages.
Q: Is there anything I can do to encourage my baby to be more active during my ultrasound?
A: Yes! Sometimes it seems some babies are more active after a glass of orange juice, eating some chocolate or another treat!