3D/4D Baby Scan FAQs
Do I need to book an appointment?
Yes, ultrasound exams do need an appointment. If you cannot attend your appointment we appreciate if you can give 24 hours notice.
What stage can I have a 3D/4D scan?
The 3D/4D scan is best after 28 weeks once baby’s features are more filled out. 3D/4D scans can be done up to 40 weeks, however late in the gestation the imaging quality may decrease as the baby's position changes to face mother’s spine and the amniotic fluid levels decrease.
Why is a 3D/4D scan performed?
3D/4D scans are a non-medical ultrasound to bond with the baby, see the baby's features in 3D and their movements in 4D. However they can aid in observing if any abnormality is present on the face, such as a cleft palate.
Can we estimate weight with a 3D/4D ultrasound?
With the 3D/4D scan itself the weight is not calculated by the sonographer as it is not a medical scan. A Well Baby add on is available when booking the 3D scan which will include the weight/size of the baby and also review the placenta it’s position and the baby’s anatomy.
Will I be able to see the scan?
Yes, the ultrasound is available for you to view on a large screen located at the end of the ultrasound couch. The sonographer will explain what you are looking at and point out various items to look at on the ultrasound. You will also be able to hear the baby’s heartbeat.
Will I be able to find out the gender of my baby?
If you haven’t found out the gender at previous scans you can request for the sonographer to tell the gender of the baby. However, the baby may not be in a favorable position to determine the gender. If you would like to know the gender of your baby, please inform us on your registration form and confirm with your sonographer at the beginning of your ultrasound.
How should I prepare for a 3D/4D scan?
When you attend for a 3D/4D scan you will not need a full urinary bladder. You will need to know your established due date. It is important to wear loose comfortable clothing.
What happens during the 3D/4D scan?
The scan is non-invasive trans-abdominal scan. Gel and the transducer is placed on the abdomen. During the exam if baby is not in a good position (i.e if hands completely cover the face, position is face down or pushed against the placenta) or there is not adequate fluid in front of the face, the sonographer may request that the patient go for a walk or to drink a cold fizzy drink or juice to possibly stimulate movement from the baby. If the above factors affect the quality of the scan you may be rebooked for an additional session at a time convenient for you.
What do I receive during the 3D/4D scan?
You can expect to receive 20 digital images, 2 /3 video clips and 4 glossy prints. With the Well Baby add on you will also receive a well-baby check report.
How long is the 3D/4D scan?
Depending on the package you select the scan will be either 30 or 45 min.
Can family members attend my ultrasound appointment?
A pregnancy scan is a family affair at our clinic, so you can share your baby scan experience by bringing whomever you want and as many people as you like.