FAQ

Do I need to make an appointment?

Yes, you must make an appointment. We try our best to accommodate our clients. If possible, we do accept same day appointments.

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What will I experience during my visit?
Our friendly staff will greet you and ask you to fill out some brief paperwork. Our sonographer will be performing your ultrasound by applying warm gel to your abdomen and using a transducer pressed against your belly to take pictures of your baby. We take pictures of the face, hands, feet, ears, hair, and gender of your baby if he or she is in the right position. If your baby is not in a good position, we will ask you to roll onto your side, stand up, cough, or use the restroom to help baby move.
 
What happens if my baby is not in the right position?
If your baby is not in a good position, we will ask you to roll onto your side, stand up, cough, or use the restroom to help baby move. If baby still hides the face, we will gladly offer you a rescan at no additional charge.
 
What should I do to prepare for my ultrasound?

The key to amazing pictures: WATER! Drink 8 cups of water a day for one week prior to your session, because this will be sure to maintain a good fluid volume around the baby, which helps us get great pictures. You don't have to come in with a full bladder, but do try to keep hydrated in the week prior to your session by drinking 8 cups of water daily. Hydration can significantly improve the clarity of an ultrasound, especially, for fuller-figured mothers. This nutritional advice is recommended throughout life, whether you’re pregnant or not! Since it takes time for the water to filter into the amniotic fluid surrounding your baby, drinking large amounts of water immediately before your session will not have any effect on the clarity of the images.

Try to eat light the day of your 3D/4D ultrasound session. We usually find baby to be in a stubborn, fixed position when mothers come in after eating a heavy meal one hour prior to their session.  A heavy meal can put your baby to sleep, making it difficult to get baby to turn when needed.

Baby is usually not in the right position immediately, so please eat some sugar (alittle orange juice or candy/chocolate, or soda, etc.) 30 minutes before your session to get baby awake and active. This will make it easier for baby to move. Thank you!

 
When should I have my 3D/4D ultrasound done?
We offer our 3D/4D ultrasound session at anytime, but the most optimal time to see baby's face is between 27-28 weeks and 30-32 weeks for fuller figured mothers. If you are having twins or multiples, you should come in between 15-20 weeks to try to see both faces. If you come in past 32 weeks, we cannot guarantee a clear picture of baby's face because naturally the amniotic fluid starts to decrease. It is the fluid that helps us see the details of baby's face. However, we have gotten amazing pictures of babies 32-38 weeks when mom is used to drinking at least 6-8 cups of water daily, which helps maintain the fluid.

 
When can you confirm my baby’s gender?
You can come in for a gender confirmation scan starting at 15 weeks. Fuller figured mothers can come in starting at 18-20 weeks. We won’t guess when it comes to your baby’s gender. If we are unsure of the gender because the baby is not in a good position, we will gladly offer you a free rescan.

 
What factors determine the clarity of my 2D/3D/4D ultrasound?
There are a couple of factors that can determine the quality of your 3D ultrasound images. Mainly, your baby’s position. If baby is face down, we will have to wait until baby turns. Even if the baby is face up, the umbilical cord or baby’s hands can hide the face. The baby can also be snuggled up close to the wall of the uterus or placenta, which usually happens when mom needs to drink more water. We need a pocket of amniotic fluid in front of baby’s face to get good pictures. By drinking 6-8 cups of water a day for one week prior to your session, this should ensure a proper fluid volume. An anterior placenta or increased maternal tissue/scarring can also reduce the clarity of your baby’s pictures. Baby will look different according to their gestational age.
 
Will I always get a perfect picture of my baby?

If your baby is looking face down (towards your spine) or if there are legs or umbilical cord in front of the face, the best thing to do is to reschedule your scan to another day, at no additional charge. 

If a low fluid volume, young gestational age, or increased maternal tissue reduces image clarity, we would like to reschedule your scan 1-3 weeks later, at no additional charge.

Depending on baby’s position, we may only be able to get pictures of your baby’s face from one side, like the picture on the left (baby is close to the placenta). We cannot guarantee a picture from the front, like the picture on the right. We will always try our best to get you the best possible pictures.

 
Can I bring my family and friends?
Of course! We can comfortably seat 9 people in our scanning room, but we encourage you to invite as many people as you would like. Children are always welcome. Our 3D/4D ultrasound sessions are very positive and uplifting, because they provide parents with the experience to see their baby and strengthen their family’s connection.

 
How long will my ultrasound session last?
Depending on which package you choose, your ultrasound session will last 10-20 minutes. Try to come in 5-10 minutes early to fill out paperwork. Printing your photos will take an additional 10 minutes.
 
What kind of ultrasound equipment do you use?
We use the state-of-the-art GE Voluson 730. Providing exceptional 2D, 3D, and 4D image quality, this ultrasound system is superior on the market. RealTime 4D imaging technology displays three-dimensional ultrasound images as they happen, which allows the visualization of fetal movements. The GE Voluson 730 generates 3D and 4D images with amazing clarity, allowing us to capture your baby in motion.
 
What is a limited diagnostic ultrasound?
Our limited diagnostic ultrasound scan can only confirm fetal number, fetal position, fetal gender, and the presence of fetal cardiac activity. The ultrasound used in this exam is not performed to detect fetal anomalies or disease. This ultrasound session does NOT replace the ultrasound done at your doctor's office. For the health and safety of you and your baby, a diagnostic examination should be performed to assess the gestational age and weight of the fetus, confirm your due date, and screen for fetal abnormalities or any other pregnancy related issues.
 
Do I have to have my doctor’s permission?
We will fax your physician a request for your elective ultrasound at our facility. They will have to confirm you are receiving prenatal care. Your doctor and our medical director will be notified immediately if there is a problem seen during your session. It is important to choose a facility like Show and Tell that has a medical director who reviews scans, reviews our Medical Device Reporting protocols, reviews our routine and preventive maintenance checks, and is contacted incase any medical issue arises.
 
Who will be doing my ultrasound scan?
A sonographer, credentialed by the ARDMS in OB/GYN, will be performing your sonogram. The American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) promotes quality care and patient safety through the certification and continuing competency of ultrasound professionals.
 
Is ultrasound safe and how does it work?
Ultrasound is the primary imaging modality for the fetus and has been used for over 30 years. Studies have found it to be harmless to mother and baby when used with competence. Routine scanning of all pregnancies is now normal throughout the United States. 3D/4D ultrasound scans use the same intensity of power as conventional 2D scanning. When a transducer is placed on the body, it emits sound waves into the body, listens for the returning echoes, and then generates an image depending on the size, location, and depiction of those echoes. The gel placed on the abdomen helps the sound waves travel easily. 4D Ultrasound will be similar to a conventional scan in terms of exposure.
 
What if a problem is seen during my scan?
Your doctor and our medical director will be notified immediately. That is why it’s important to choose a facility that has a medical director and hires sonographers that are certified through the (ARDMS) American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography. It is outside the scope of practice for a sonographer to tell you if your scan is normal or abnormal. Only a doctor can give you these results. Our limited diagnostic ultrasound scans can only confirm fetal number, fetal position, fetal gender, and the presence of fetal cardiac activity.
 
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept cash, debit and credit cards. We do not accept checks. Insurance will not cover an elective ultrasound scan. If paying by cash, please bring the exact amount.
 
What packages do you offer and how much do they cost?
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  • An awesome Experience
  • Kimberley Shows - Sep 18, 2014
  • Pricing reasonable and very satisfied with the service provided. I would recommend show and tell ultrasound to have a sneak peak at their pride and joy!
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