Latest 3D/4D Ultrasound Equipment
Sound Health Imaging utilizes state of the art 3D/4D ultrasound systems. Our newest system, the GE Voluson E8, offers innovations in image quality, automation, transducer technology and image analysis to give extraordinary vision. Sound Health’s commitment to excellence results in frequent software and equipment upgrades. Equipment is maintained and calibrated by specially trained engineers.
The best time in the pregnancy for 3D/4D imaging is between 26 and 30 weeks gestational age. At this time there is plenty of amniotic fluid around the baby. Fluid enhances the images and adequate amniotic fluid around the baby is essential for good 3D/4D imaging. As the baby gets closer to term the amniotic fluid naturally decreases, making it more difficult to get good 3D/4D images. Also, 26-30 weeks is a good time for the 3D/4D because the baby has started to “fill out” and take on some of the features it will have at birth. Before 26-30 weeks gestational age the baby looks more skeleton-like.
There are a number of factors that affect the quality of the 3D/4D images. Ideally, the baby is positioned away from the placenta and uterine wall. If the fetal hands, feet or umbilical cord are in front of the face it will result in less than ideal images.
In order to have a 3D/4D ultrasound at Sound Health Imaging you must have a referral from your medical provider. During the 3D/4D ultrasound, measurements will be taken to assess fetal growth, but an anatomical survey of the baby will not be done. We require that a previous 20-22 week ultrasound for fetal anatomical surveillance has already been done prior to the 3D/4D ultrasound. Most insurance companies do not cover the cost of 3D/4D ultrasounds. Therefore, the cost for the 3D/4D ultrasound is $250 at the time of service, which includes the radiologist reading fee and report to your referring provider, as well as keepsake photos and video. Please contact our office at 442-6356 for more information.