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

Like all ultrasound studies,  3D / 4D ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves to create images that can be viewed on a monitor screen.

The 2D scans refer to the familiar black and white scans you would have seen at your doctor’s office or at your diagnostic tests.

The 3D scans refer to the still images we can acquire where we can see your baby’s recognisable features.

The 4D scans are similar to the aforementioned 3D scan, although we can see these images being acquired in real time.  This means that we are able to see your baby’s movements as they are occurring.

Is it safe?

Since its introduction over 40 years ago there have been no documented harmful effects to either mother or child caused by ultrasound scanning be it 2D, 3D or 4D.

In fact, 3D or 4D scans use the same type and intensity of ultrasound as with conventional ultrasound scanning and because you can store and view the images on a computer, the actual scanning time can often less then that of conventional 2D scans.

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

This depends on what you want to see. With the 3D/4D technology currently available, we are able to image your baby at different stages during your pregnancy. We can successfully scan your baby at any time after 20 weeks. In our experience, the best images are generally obtained between 26-32 weeks. This ensures there is enough amniotic fluid present in the womb for the ultrasound scanner to properly image your baby, while ensuring the baby’s facial features have developed to the point where they are clear and easily recognisable.

If you are having twins, the best images will be obtained before 26 weeks.

I don’t want to know the sex of my baby. Can I still have a 3D/4D scan?

Absolutely! If you don’t want to know the gender of you baby, we can focus the scan on the upper half of your baby.

Who will be performing my scan?

All scans will be performed by an experienced technician who has been specifically trained in 3D/4D prenatal scanning

Will I always get a clear scan? Can you always see a beautiful picture of my baby?

The quality of your 3D images or 4D movie will be affected by the baby’s time of gestation, position, the amount of amniotic fluid surrounding the baby, and the amount of skin, fat and muscle around the baby.

The position however, will be the strongest factor in determining the quality of image that you see. But rest assured, it is our aim that no client leaves without the chance to be introduced to their little one. If your baby is lying in the wrong position, we will first have you go for a short walk to try and encourage the baby to change positions.

If this is still unsuccessful, we will invite you back for another appointment at no extra charge because your satisfaction is what matters to us most.

In order to maximise your chances of getting a great image, we recommend that you drink at least 8 glasses of water for 1-2 weeks prior to your scan.

Do I need a referral from my doctor?

You do not need a referral for a 3D/4D scan.

If I have a 3D/4D scan, do I still need to have my conventional 2D scan with my doctor?

Absolutely! At Baby to Be, your health and the health of your baby is the most important thing to us. All of our clients must be under the care of a qualified physician or midwife and bring documentation of their medically diagnostic ultrasound.

Baby To Be is an ELECTIVE ultrasound imaging facility meaning we are an additional, not replacement service to any part of your prenatal medical care. Any concerns you have regarding your pregnancy should be raised with your doctor.

What days and hours are you open?

At Baby to Be, we understand that part of the pleasure of seeing your baby before it’s born, is sharing the experience with the people you love. That’s why we have made sure that our opening hours allow for early morning, day, late night and weekend appointments.

Early morning, night and weekend appointments book out fast so make sure you book in for these times as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

How much time should I allow for my appointment?

The appointment length for your scan is generally 45 minutes from beginning to end. Actual scanning time is between 20 – 30 minutes depending on your baby’s movements. If your little one is not in the ideal position on arrival, your appointment might be lengthened to allow time for your baby to change positions.

Are there additional costs?

All of our packages are all inclusive, there are no additional costs.

How many people can I bring?

In designing our clinic, we understood how important it would be for you to share this amazing experience with your nearest and dearest, so our rooms have been specially designed to seat up to 8 people.

Will my appointment be covered by Medicare or private health insurance?

3D/4D scans are an elective service that unfortunately is not currently covered by Medicare or private health insurance.

At Baby to Be, we accept Visa, Mastercard and debit cards.