Frequently Asked Questions

The questions listed below are the most frequently asked questions about our elective ultrasound packages. Should you have any questions that are not answered below, please call 4D Imaging, LLC at 847-818-0777.
Will I always get great images of my baby?
We have years of experience and use the best technology available. We strive to obtain the best angles to get the best possible images of baby’s face, hand, and foot. Sometimes if the baby is turned around towards the mother’s spine we are unable to obtain images of the baby’s face or if the baby is hiding against the placenta. Each scan is different based on the baby’s position, mood, size and amount of amniotic fluid around the baby’s face. We do have packages that have a free return package if needed.

I am over 200 pounds will I be able to get clear ultrasound images?
We have successfully obtained great images, however, we urge you to wait until you are at least 30 weeks gestation and ensure you drink 8-10 cups of water in the weeks leading up to your appointment.

Does your facility have a Certified Sonographer?
Yes, we have a ARDMS certified Sonographer on staff.

When is the best time for an elective ultrasound?
For 2D imaging: beginning at 15 weeks of pregnancy
For HD LIVE and 4D Imaging: 18 weeks or greater (best time is between 26-30)
Gender Reveal:15-22 weeks(under 200 pounds) 17-22 weeks (if over 200 pounds)

Do I need an appointment?
Yes. An appointment is required. Please call us to schedule an appointment (847)818-0777. Please note that weekend and evening appointments fill up quite quickly. 24 hour cancellation is appreciated.

What can I do to assist in obtaining the best images?
A week prior to the day of your appointment drink 8-10 cups of water daily, this helps obtain clear HD LIVE and 4D Images. It is also fun to see the baby in motion during your visit and eating something light or drinking juice 10 minutes before your visit can assist in increasing baby's activity. You may want to bring the beverage in the car with you. Regardless of your efforts, the baby may still be sleeping during the scan. We encourage you to enjoy your baby's activity and we'll do our part to work with your baby. We do have packages that have a free return package if needed.

Is a full bladder needed?
No, since our ultrasounds are elective and non-diagnostic, a full bladder is not required.

Does your facility offer medical diagnostic ultrasounds?
No, we focus ONLY on the pleasure of viewing your baby before it is born. Medical ultrasounds are to be obtained by your physician.

What can we see in 2D?
Two-dimensional imagery appears as an outline of the baby. It is ideal for viewing heartbeat, real-time fetal activity and gender. A regular 2D ultrasound can be performed anytime after 15 weeks.

Why do ultrasounds start in 2D then transfer to HD LIVE or 4D?
In order to capture the correct angle of the baby for HD LIVE and 4D viewing, the ultrasound session needs to start in 2D. In order to see the front of the baby’s face in HD LIVE and 4D, the baby’s head needs to be in a profile position(side view, seeing the baby's nose) in 2D.

Are 3D/4D ultrasounds safe?
Research in the last 50 years show no harm to the developing baby from ultrasound scanning. Ultrasound is one of the safest means available for scanning unborn babies. When it comes to safety there is no difference between 3D and traditional 2D Ultrasounds because both ultrasound methods use the same kind of sound waves. Since the beginning of ultrasound applications in pregnancy in the 1950's, there have been no reported short or long-term risk to unborn babies. Your physician is always your best source of information for any health concerns.You must be under the care of a physician to use our service.

Why get a HD LIVE and 4D ultrasound?
Seeing your baby before he/she is born enhances and increases the bonding experience for all family members. Increased bonding has been shown to improve the parents' care of themselves and may increase the father's level of participation in the pregnancy, which may also increase his sensitivity towards the mother.

What is the difference between 3D and 4D and HD LIVE technology?
3D is a still image and 4D is capturing the baby’s movement. HD LIVE technology has a new rendering software that allows a more realistic view of the fetus by changing the way the ultrasound renders the 4D image.

Can friends or family come with me for my appointment?
We welcome your family and friends to share the joy of this treasured experience. For your comfort, we ask that you limit guests to 6.

When will I receive the pictures and video?
At the end of the session.

Is this procedure covered by insurance?
No, insurance reimbursement is not provided for elective ultrasounds. We accept cash, MasterCard or Visa.