Frequently Asked Baby Scan Questions, 2D, 3D & 4D Ultrasound Questions | Frequently Asked Questions



What is 2D ultrasound scanning?

2D Scanning simply put means seeing your baby move around in 2 dimensional viewing and in real time. Inside the transducer (probe that is moved over your tummy) there are a number of crystals, which are positioned in a straight line, these omit harmless sound waves which bounce off dense objects in the womb, which in turn send the signals back to the tranducer and ultrasound machine allowing you to see these images as displayed on our Packages Page. 

What is 3D ultrasound scanning?

3D Scanning simply put means adding 3rd dimension to a still image of your baby enabling you to see the shape and features of your baby’s face in a completely different depth to a 2D scan. Using a technique called surface rendering, 3D scanning uses a slightly different shaped transducer (probe that is moved over your tummy) to the traditional 2D (black and white) transducer. This is due to the alignment of crystals inside the transducer which unlike the 2D transducer which are positioned in a straight line, these are positioned in a oblique, transverse and longitudinal arrangement. This allows a 3D scanned image to have more information sent back to the transducer, ultimately allowing you to see your baby as a still image as displayed on our Packages Page. When scanning in 3D/4D format we always combine the use of 2D scanning as well to achieve the best possible results

What is 4D ultrasound scanning?

4D Scanning simply put means adding the forth dimension “Time” to a 3D image. This in turn allows you to see your baby move around as you are having your scan and in real time. So if your little one happens to be sucking their thumb or kicking their legs at the time we scan you, you’ll see your baby doing this and in real time as its happening.When scanning in 3D/4D format we always combine the use of 2D scanning as well to achieve the best possible results.

Who will perform my scan?

An NHS trained Sonographer with extensive Obstetric experience will carry out your 2D, 3D and 4D scans. Between   them, our staff has over 30 years of experience.

Should I tell my doctor first?

You do not require a referral from your doctor for our baby scans.

Will the scan harm my baby?

In the 30 years since its introduction, no evidence has been given to suggest that Ultrasound scanning presents any risk to the mother and baby. The Ultrasound output levels of our 3D and 4D scanning equipment are no more than the 2D scanning equipment used in hospitals.

Can anyone have their baby scanned?

Our services are intended for low risk pregnancies so if you have a history of lower abdominal pain or bleeding you should first consult your GP or attend your nearest A&E Dept. 

Should I still attend my hospital scans?

Yes. Our ultrasound scans are not counted as part of your routine antenatal care and should be considered as additional scans only.  It is important that you attend all your hospital appointments.

What should I bring?

In the rare case we have to consult your health professionals, please ensure that you bring your antenatal records when you attend for your ultrasound appointment. 

When is the best time to have a 3D/4D scan?

Between 24 and 34 weeks is the optimal time for 3D and 4D scan images, although the very best time tends to be between 24 and 28 weeks. For twins, or other multiple births, around 24 to 26 weeks is more suitable as they have less space. Please note it is usually not possible to see both/all of the babies in the same image area. 

Will my baby be showing off ? And what could affect my 3D/4D scan quality?

Unfortunately no one can guarantee what baby will do during the, baby will only do what he or she feels like, all we can do is be there to capture it all. The most important factor in 3D and 4D baby scanning is the baby’s position.  If the baby is lying in an awkward position a satisfactory 3D and 4D ultrasound scan may be difficult. Other factors include the amount of amniotic fluid around the baby (the more the better) and the amount of tissue (skin, fat and muscle) between the probe and the baby. With this in mind, we do want you to have a truly memorable experience, therefore we offer a scan guarantee that if we cannot get satisfactory results mostly due to the baby’s positioning, we will offer you another scan at a later date completely free of charge. 

Do I get to take my pictures and DVDís etc away with me ?

You will get everything except your DVD's to take away with you. Our DVD's are very different from any other companies, and due to this very unique way of making them up, we need to send them out in the post simply due to the amount of time it would otherwise take to make up while  you are waiting. The finished and polished DVD is sent the next day after your scan and sent first class so you will receive it very quickly.    

Can I bring family/guests?

Up to 6 members of your family and friends can be accommodated in comfort when you attend for your baby scan. Your scan is displayed on a 42 inch wide screen in high definition making everyone clearly see your scan in incredible detail as it is happening.  We would ask that small children and babies be accompanied by at least one adult otherwise you may lose valuable scanning time, a play area is provided whilst you wait.

Can I find out the sex of my baby?

Yes, although we cannot guarantee 100%, the accuracy is still very high. 

What if I donít want to find out the sex of my baby?

No problem, just let the Sonographer know your wishes and she will respect them. 

What if an unexpected abnormality is found?

Our baby scans are not performed as a check for foetal abnormalities.  If however, any abnormality is detected by the Sonographer, she will explain their findings as fully as possible to you. And with your consent the Sonographer will speak directly with your GP or maternity unit and a report will be sent to your health professionals.

 

 

 

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