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Carolina Baby 3D ~ Call (843) 580-8435 ~ Hilton Head, Bluffton, Beaufort, Savannah

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

    That depends on what you are looking to see. Many mothers like coming in twice, early on, 15-26 weeks, when they can see the baby as a whole, and then again at 25-34 weeks to see a more detailed face. Between 28 and 32 weeks, your baby develops more fat and gets a more defined face. After 34 weeks, it becomes more and more difficult to obtain good pictures since the baby is running out of room. However all babies are different and we have been successful in obtaining great images all the way up to 39 weeks.

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    What is the difference between 2D, 3D and 4D ultrasound?

    2D ultrasound is the traditional method of using soundwaves to generate a photo of inside the womb. This method produces a black and white thermal image. 3D ultrasound is a more advanced method, still using soundwaves, to capture a much more detailed image of your baby. Distinct features and even facial expressions can usually be captured with this process. 4D ultrasound is the most advanced method which captures moving, detailed video images of your baby in utero.

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    Is 3D/4D ultrasound safe for both my baby and me?

    Yes! There is no risk to either mom or baby. And, the procedure is completely painless.

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    Will you be able to capture a good image of my baby?

    In most cases, yes. However, variables such as too little fluid, your body type, position of your baby when the procedure is conducted, etc. can limit our abilities. We will capture the absolute best images possible. If we are unable to capture your baby’s face during your visit, you can come back for a second time – free of charge – and we will take another peek.

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    What do I need to do to prepare for my 3D/4D ultrasound?

    Hydration can play a key role in capturing clear images. We recommend drinking plenty of water for at least one week prior to your appointment. Please wear comfortable, loose clothing.

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    Does my insurance cover 3D/4D ultrasound?

    Most insurance plans do not cover 3D/4D ultrasound because they are elective procedures. Check with your plan to verify benefits. We offer affordable out-of-pocket options.

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    Do I still need to get an ultrasound at my doctors office?

    Yes. The procedures we perform are elective, not diagnostic. Our 3D/4D ultrasounds are not designed to replace ones recommended by your physician.

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    What if we are not able to get images?

    It is our number one priority at Carolina Baby 3D to obtain the absolute best images of your baby & make sure you are satisfied to the fullest. We use the top of the line ultrasound equipment to ensure this, however, some factors that determine the outcome of your ultrasound are out of our control such as: location of your placenta, the amount of amniotic fluid surrounding your baby, the clarity of the amniotic fluid, the baby’s position, & the overall fetal environment. If we are unable to determine the gender of your child or obtain 3D/4D images at your scheduled appointment due to these factors mentioned above, you will be asked to reschedule & come back for a second appointment within the next 14 days at no charge.

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    Are family and friends welcome to join?

    Yes! We encourage you to bring your friends and family to share this special moment with you. Children are also welcome and we provide them with plenty of toys and books to keep them entertained. At our Hilton Head Island, SC location our ultrasound room can comfortably seat 3-4 people, but more are welcome if they would like to stand and watch. The ultrasound is projected onto a TV screen so that everyone is able to see with ease.

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