Ultrasound Frequently Asked Questions
Does an ultrasound hurt?
No, the ultrasound does not hurt. You may feel pressure as it is being done, but no pain.
How long will the exam take?
It depends on the type of exam you are having. Most of our exams last about 30 minutes.
Will I need to drink anything before the ultrasound test?
Some exams do require a full bladder to evaluate the organs in the pelvis thoroughly. You will be advised at the time of scheduling if a full bladder is required.
Can I eat before the ultrasound of my abdomen?
Abdominal ultrasounds require you to be fasting. When you refrain from eating it decreases the amount of gas in your stomach and allows us to see your organs better. We also image your gallbladder in an abdominal ultrasound as well and it is important for it not to be contracted. We ask that you do not eat or drink for 6-8 hours before an ultrasound of your abdomen.
Will I need someone to drive me home after the ultrasound?
No, the ultrasound test is very easy and will not affect your ability to drive.
OB Specific FAQ
Are family members allowed in the room?
Absolutely! Family and friends are welcome in the room during your sonogram. We understand the significance of this experience and pride ourselves on providing a family friendly, comfortable environment for everyone.
Do we get pictures or a video keepsake?
We offer complimentary keepsake pictures and videos.
Are you able to tell the gender of the baby and when?
Yes, in most cases we can provide an indication of the gender of the baby if desired. At 17 weeks and beyond we can determine the gender with a high accuracy. We can’t
however guarantee that the baby will cooperate during your exam. Certain factors such as body habitus, developmental stage and fetal position all affect the ability to determine gender.
Will I always get beautiful images of my baby?
Unfortunately, there are no guarantees. Every baby scans differently, depending on the gestational age, baby’s position, amount of fluid, placental location and mother’s body
habitus. The scan images may not be similar to those you saw elsewhere or even from our facility. However, we promise to make every effort to obtain the best images.
What is the difference between 2D, 3D, 4D and HD live ultrasound?
2D, 3D, 4D and HD Live are trademarked terminology used in the industry to distinguish the different types of pictures and videos that can be provided. 2D ultrasounds are the
traditional black and white ultrasounds you have probably seen before. The pictures show the skeletal (outline) of the baby. You also get to see the baby moving in 2D. This is still the best technology for gathering measurements of the baby and ensuring baby is growing as expected.
HD is the newest and greatest technology in the advances of ultrasound! HD uses a virtual light source to render a more realistic view of the baby. It is a virtual digital
flashlight adding shadows and light reflection to create a deeper and more refined 3D image with exceptional anatomical realism. *Light is not actually used* These advances
also give us the leading edge with standard 3D/4D imaging quality. 3D ultrasound shows the tissue of the baby, which is more like real pictures. We can see the roundness of the
baby’s face, the shape of the nose and the contour of the lips. The color is computer enhanced to make the pictures more appealing and not the actual color of the baby.
When is the best time to have a 3D/4D ultrasound?
Between 28 and 32 weeks, your baby develops more fat and the face becomes more defined. After 34 weeks, it becomes more difficult to obtain good ultrasound images
since the baby is running out of room. However all babies are different and we have been successful in obtaining great ultrasound images all the way up to 39 weeks.
What are the limitations of OB ultrasound?
Modern obstetric medicine relies heavily on ultrasound to provide detailed images of the fetus and uterus. Despite its indispensable role in the field of obstetrics, sonography is limited by the fact that it does not reveal all possible fetal abnormalities. Our ability to detect any fetal abnormality depends on the quality of the ultrasound image, which is directly affected by things such as patient hydration, thickness of abdominal wall, amount of amniotic fluid, fetal position, fetal movement and gestational age.
What should I do prior to the OB ultrasound appointment for the best possible images?
Drink plenty of water even several days before your appointment to ensure your amniotic fluid is clear. About a half hour before your OB ultrasound scan, try to have a
small snack or drink a fruit juice so that your baby will be awake during your session (unless you are told not to by your physician).