Our most frequently asked questions.
IS IT SAFE? ARE THERE ANY RISKS TO ME, OR MY BABY?
Extensive studies over 30 years have found that Ultrasound has not been shown to cause any harm to mother or baby. Routine scanning of all pregnancies is now normal throughout the United States. In 3D/4D scanning exactly the same type and intensity of Ultrasound is used as with conventional 2D scanning. 3D and 4D Ultrasound both 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 will be similar to a conventional scan in terms of exposure.
HOW FAR ALONG SHOULD I BE BEFORE I HAVE A 3D 4D ULTRASOUND?
We think anytime is a great time to see your baby. The best time to get face shots is 30 to 35 weeks, twins at 14 to 27 weeks.
HOW LONG DOES THE 4D ULTRASOUND TAKE?
Depending on the package you choose, the 4D Ultrasound session will last between 30-40 minutes.
DO I NEED AN APPOINTMENT?
Yes, you need an appointment. We are open Monday-Saturday by appointment only. If you have a date and time in mind, give us a call. Often we are able to schedule appointments for the same or next day.
WILL I ALWAYS GET A BEAUTIFUL PICTURE OF MY BABY?
Usually,but not always. Sometimes if the baby is persistently looking face down, i.e. towards your spine it may be difficult to see the baby’s face. 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 body tissue content. We promise to make every effort to obtain the best possible images of whatever parts of the baby that can be seen.
WHAT CAN I DO TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF MY ULTRASOUND?
Drink 3 liters of water 3 hours before your appt. Pee as much as you need too. Hydration can significantly improve the clarity of an ultrasound. Expectant mothers that are full-figured should consider scheduling their 4D ultrasound between 28 and 32 weeks of pregnancy, as the ultrasound tends to be clearer and the results more desirable and comparable to the images in our picture gallery.
ARE YOU ABLE TO TELL THE SEX OF THE BABY?
Yes, in most cases we can provide an indication of the sex of the baby as early as 14 weeks. We can’t however guarantee that the baby will cooperate during your session. Certain factors such as body tissue content, developmental stage and fetal position all affect the ability to determine sex. If that is the case we will have you to return at NO additional charge.
IS THE 4D ULTRASOUND COVERED BY INSURANCE?
At this time, 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, and debit cards.
CAN I BRING MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS?
Yes. In fact, we encourage our clients to invite family and friends to attend the elective 4D Ultrasound sessions. This is a joyous and wonderful experience, one that can be shared with your family and loved ones. We can comfortably accommodate 4 to 6 people in our viewing area.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
We have packages to fit just about anyone’s budget. Please visit our Pricing Page for details. Note: twins/multiples there is an additional fee.
216 New Bridge St.
Jacksonville, NC 28540
Call: (910) 346-3343
M - F : 9am–5pm
Sat : 9am–5pm
Sun : Closed
No Upcoming Closings
Jacksonville 4-D Fetal Photography
216 New Bridge St., Jacksonville, NC 28540