10 questions to ask during 4D ultrasound
Today, most mothers undergo a 4D ultrasound to take a look at their babies before delivery. If you also want to have one, it is better that you ask yourself these questions to clear up any doubts about the ultrasound.
Q1: What machine is used?
This is an important question because if the machine is not an Expert machine or higher, it will affect the quality and frame rate of the 4D ultrasound.
Q2. What does your package include?
Find out what is included in the package and if there are any additional charges. Ask if they use DVD or VHS video and if they charge more. Find out if photo prints are made on copy paper or high-gloss photo paper.
Find out if you have to pay more for facial images if the baby is not looking at the camera. In case you have twins, find out if you will be charged more for your 4D ultrasound images.
Q3. Is there accommodation for my family?
Find out if there is accommodation available for your family in case they accompany you. Some clinics have enough space for a large machine, a comfortable exam bed, and your family.
Q4. Is your staff professional and qualified for 4D ultrasound imaging?
Your diagnostic scan should be done by a medical ultrasound center or at least an expert in taking 4D ultrasound images. This is because the techniques used to take 4D ultrasound images are completely different from 2D ultrasound techniques.
Q.5 What are the differences between 2D, 3D and 4D ultrasound?
2D images are black and white images used for diagnostic scans and help technicians evaluate the baby’s internal organs. 3D and 4D images provide surface images that are more realistic for the common man. The difference between 3D and 4D images is that 3D images are still images while 4D images are moving videos.
Q.6. Are 4D ultrasound images safe?
Studies over 35 years have shown that ultrasound does not harm the mother or the baby.
P.7. How long will it take?
This is usually based on your package; and can range from 10 to 25 minutes. However, it is best to spend at least 30-60 minutes with the technician to get better scans.
Q.8. When can I have a 4D ultrasound?
It is recommended to have one between 26 and 34 weeks of pregnancy, although you will be able to get images of your baby any time after 22 weeks.
P.9. Will I always have beautiful photos of my baby?
No promises of beautiful images are made; but the technicians will always work to get the best possible images. However, if the baby is looking upside down, it will be difficult to see your baby’s face to take pictures.
P.10. How much? Is 4D ultrasound covered by insurance?
There are different packages meant to suit everyone’s budget. However, currently, insurance does not cover ultrasounds, as it is an elective procedure and does not replace your doctor’s order for an ultrasound. This is why ultrasound expenses must be out of your pocket and will not be covered by your insurance policy.