FAQ’s

  1. What is ultrasound?
  2. What is 2D ultrasound?
  3. What is 3D ultrasound?
  4. What is 4D ultrasound?
  5. Why do you use 2D if 3D is so much better?
  6. Does this take the place of an ultrasound in my doctor’s office?
  7. Do I need a note from my doctor?
  8. What if my doctor will not give me a referral?
  9. Do you have a physician on staff?
  10. Are your sonographers experienced?
  11. Do you use the same ultrasound machine as my doctor?
  12. How long does the 3D/4D ultrasound take?
  13. What happens if my baby is one of the uncooperative ones?
  14. How many weeks should I be before I schedule my first ultrasound?
  15. Do I need an appointment?
  16. Can I bring family and friends?
  17. Are children allowed in the room?
  18. How accurate are your sonographers at identifying gender?
  19. What if we don’t want to know the gender of our baby?
  20. Does it cost more to have an ultrasound if I am expecting twins?
  21. Should I plan to come in earlier in my pregnancy if I am expecting twins?
  22. What if one baby is cooperating and the other isn’t?
  23. Is the 3D/4D ultrasound covered by my insurance?
  24. What type of payment do you take?
  25. Should I drink a lot of water and have a full bladder to have my ultrasound?
  26. What should I wear?
  27. Do you have gift certificates?

1. What is ultrasound?

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Ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves to reflect off internal body parts. The reflected waves are picked up by the probe (the device that moves across the tummy) and relayed to the machine. The sounds (or echoes) are electronically changed into pictures (or images). The machine displays the distances and intensities of the echoes on the screen, forming a two dimensional image. For 3D, several two-dimensional images are acquired and then combined by the machine’s state-of-the-art computer software to form 3D images. An ultrasound can also reproduce sounds, such as a baby’s heartbeat. This is a prescription used device.

2. What is 2D ultrasound?

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This is most often the ultrasound that you will get in your doctor’s office as part of your regular prenatal care. 2D ultrasound is used for diagnostics, such as for viewing the baby’s heartbeat and anatomy or determining gender. 2D images are black and white. Often they are small images printed on thin, glossy thermal paper.

3. What is 3D ultrasound?

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A 3D ultrasound is a three dimensional view of your baby captured as a photo or sonogram. 3D ultrasound provides a sense of depth, unlike the more common 2D ultrasound. With 3D you can see surfaces and detail, such as adorable little noses and precious little toes. And, with 3D we can get pictures in color (colorized—sepia), an option that is not possible with 2D.

4. What is 4D ultrasound?

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4D ultrasound simply means 3D in “real” time. Also known as “live motion,” it is just that—the baby moving—captured on video. A 3D image in movement. Another dimension (time) is added to capture what is actually happening. That is how you are able to watch your baby kicking and stretching, smiling and yawning. Think of 4D as a movie or video, and 3D as the still image or the photograph.

5. Why do you use 2D if 3D is so much better?

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We always start with a limited 2D scan, to find the best scanning position and to determine gender, if requested. Since 2D is used for viewing real-time activity, we like to use a combination of 2D together with 3D and 4D to give you a full picture of your baby and your baby’s movements.

6. Does this take the place of an ultrasound in my doctor’s office?

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Definitely not. Our procedures are elective only and should not be used in place of a full diagnostic scan from your medical doctor. That is why we require all of our clients to have written consent from a medical physician.

7. Do I need a note from my doctor?

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Yes. We want to be sure that our clients are receiving prenatal care and that their health care providers are aware of their decisions to receive 3D/4D ultrasounds.  We gladly fax a copy of our release form to your healthcare provider once you have scheduled an appointment.

8. What if my doctor will not give me a referral?

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We would be happy to provide whatever information is needed to get your referral. We also have an OB/GYN Medical Director on staff that can assist with your referral at no additional cost to you!

9. Do you have a physician on staff?

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Yes.  Our Medical Director is an OB/GYN!

10. Are your sonographers experienced?

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At Miracle in Sight we know that nothing can take the place of experience, so therefore we require that our sonographers be experienced and proficient in ultrasound scanning. We set the highest standards of care because we know that it’s the right way to do business. We will only settle for the best—and we are confident that is what our clients will get from us at Miracle in Sight.

11. Do you use the same ultrasound machine as my doctor?

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There is more than one manufacturer of ultrasound machines, but they all have essentially the same capabilities. Although our services are not meant to take the place of your medical diagnostic ultrasound ordered by your doctor, the basic technology is the same.

Both will provide you with black and white 2D images of your baby on thermal paper (yes, they will fade with time, especially in the sun or if you try to copy them), but the similarities pretty much stop there. At Miracle in Sight we provide you with colorized 3D images of your baby, a video documenting your baby’s movements, and most importantly, an opportunity to relax and spend precious moments watching your baby as he kicks and stretches, sucks his thumb and rubs his eyes.

12. How long does the 3D/4D ultrasound take?

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Our ultrasound sessions last from 10 minutes for our Gender in Sight package to 20 minutes for our 3D/4D in Sight package. However, babies are not always cooperative. What that means is that we may try and try, but the baby may make us work a little harder than we expected. We don’t scan over 20 minutes.

NOTE: We require that you arrive 15 minutes early to complete necessary paperwork.  Twins will require a bit longer.

13. What happens if my baby is one of the uncooperative ones?

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Obviously each scan is different, but we are very successful in getting just what we need. And though we are skilled sonographers there are some occasions where we have to be a little creative. If the baby is facing the mother’s back and is unwilling to turn and face us, we have some options. We will re-position you or have you stretch. But then sometimes it just won’t work, baby wins, and we have no choice but to ask you to return another time. It is a complimentary return appointment at no additional cost to you.

14. How many weeks should I be before I schedule my first ultrasound?

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14 weeks is the earliest for a 2D scan to determine gender.  If you are planning on having the 3D/4D ultrasound scan, we suggest 26-32 weeks , with 28-30 being optimal for most pregnancies.

If you are planning on having more than one, the first ultrasound scheduled between 24 and 26 weeks usually produces a more exciting 4D ultrasound video because there is more room in the womb for baby to move around and be active. Their facial features are beginning to fill out at about 26-28 weeks. The second scan at between 30-32 weeks can produce wonderful facial images because the baby’s face is filled out. This is the stage you’ll be most likely to see Daddy’s chin, Mommy’s lips, and big sister’s adorable little nose.

15. Do I need an appointment?

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Yes, we schedule by appointment only. We do not accept walk-ins. Sometime we can accommodate same day appointments. Keep in mind that late afternoon and Saturday appointments fill up fast!

16. Can I bring family and friends?

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Absolutely, we don’t call it the “Family Room” for nothing!  We know that the experience of meeting your baby for the first time is made even more special when shared with loved ones. We can accommodate 6-8 people comfortably.  However, we never limit the amount of loved ones that our clients wish to bring to share in their baby’s big ultrasound debut, so we’ll find more chairs or comfy pillows for as many as we can. With our big screen TV, there’s a great view from anywhere in the room, and if you don’t mind standing room only, we don’t either!

17. Are children allowed in the room?

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Of course they are!  If you have children under 5 please bring another adult with you to help keep an eye on them so that you can relax and enjoy the show.

18. How accurate are your sonographers at identifying gender?

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99.9%. As we say, we’re trained and experienced. You can count on it!

19. What if we don’t want to know the gender of our baby?

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No problem. We’ll never give away the secret—and we’ll be careful to avoid that area, just to be sure. We like surprises too!

20. Does it cost more to have an ultrasound if I am expecting twins?

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Yes, we charge an additional $25 for twins. It is much more difficult to scan twins, mostly due to their position in the womb, and we do spend more time trying to get images we want. It’s not uncommon to ask our expectant mothers of twins to return at least once.

21. Should I plan to come in earlier in my pregnancy if I am expecting twins?

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Most definitely. We suggest 26-28 weeks. The further along in your pregnancy, the less room there is with twins and thus more difficulty in getting good images.

22. What if one baby is cooperating and the other isn’t?

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That happens. Because of the twin’s positions, we sometimes get an image of one twin in one session, and the other on the next. It is a rare occasion that we get everything we want in one session. It’s uncommon to get a good look at both babies at the same time, so when we are blessed with such an image, everyone is thrilled!

23. Is the 3D/4D ultrasound covered by my insurance?

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No. This is an elective limited diagnostic ultrasound and therefore not covered by insurance as a medical procedure.

24. What type of payment do you take?

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We accept cash, Visa, Master Card, American Express, Discover, and Debit cards. We do not accept checks.

25. Should I drink a lot of water and have a full bladder to have my ultrasound?

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You do want to make sure that you are drinking plenty of water daily for at least a week before your appointment.  Unlike a diagnostic ultrasound where the sonographer needs you to have a full bladder, we are not doing a medical assessment. Just be comfortable. Remember . . . this is a really fun experience!

26. What should I wear?

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Again, be comfortable—but, no tight or restrictive pants.  If you wear a dress, be sure to wear shorts underneath.

27. Do you have gift certificates?

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Yes, we do. Many of our clients have received one of our gift certificates as a shower gift. You don’t even need to come in to purchase one—just call us with all the information and we can mail it to her or you.