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An ultrasound, also referred to as a sonogram, is a non-invasive tool used by physicians to help monitor the growth and development of babies in utero. It uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of the baby inside the mother’s uterus without the use of radiation, like used in X-rays. Ultrasounds capture continuous, real-time images that reveal the fetus’ structure and movement.

What is 3D/4D Ultrasound?

The 3D/4D ultrasound is an unforgettable experience for the parents as they are able to see their baby up close for the first time.  A 3D ultrasound provides 3D still photographs showing detailed features and facial expressions of the baby, while a 4D ultrasound captures the movement of the baby in 4D.

This is an elective prenatal ultrasound that enables parents to better see what their baby looks like and watch him/her move, smile, etc. We recommend having the 3D/4D ultrasound between 26-30 weeks.   

Do I still need routine ultrasounds?

The 3D/4D ultrasound should not take place of the routine diagnostic ultrasounds. As part of standard obstetrical care, patients will receive two routine ultrasounds. The first early in pregnancy, around 7 weeks, to confirm pregnancy, determine an approximate due date and exclude ectopic pregnancies. The second ultrasound is normally performed at 18 to 20 weeks mostly to determine if there are any congenital malformations, multiple pregnancies, to confirm the due date and to determine the gender of the fetus. Additional ultrasounds may be taken throughout the pregnancy and depends on whether or not your physician feels that further assessment is needed.

Is the 3D/4D ultrasound covered by insurance?

Because this type of ultrasound is an elective service, it is not covered by insurance. Payment is due at the time of service.