How many weeks do I need to be to see a heartbeat?
How early can you determine the gender?
We recommend being 14 weeks or later when you come in for agender determination ultrasound. We have a very high success rate at 14 weeks, but if we are ever unable to tell for sure we will let you come back and check again in a few days!
Should I keep my bladder full for the appointment?
If you are between 8-13 weeks, we will prefer you to keep your bladder full for your session. If you are 14 weeks and later, we will not need you to keep it full and you are welcome to use the restroom before we do the ultrasound.
What is the best time for a 4D/HD Ultrasound?
The most popular time to come in for 4D/HD ultrasound is between 28-32 weeks. At this stage, you can see the baby’s chubby cheeks and sometimes even catch them smile, suck on their hands, or open their eyes. 4D/HD can be done at any point during your pregnancy, the baby will just be smaller the earlier you come in. Choosing when to come in for 4D/HD is a personal preference and completely dependent on what you want to see!
What happens if my baby does not cooperate during our session?
If you are coming in for a gender determination ultrasound and we are unable to determine the gender for any reason, we will try a few tricks to get the baby to move. If we are still unsuccessful, we will offer a voucher to come back in a few days to try again. We will always make sure we get the gender, even if it takes a few visits! If you are doing a 4D/HD ultrasound, and we are unable to get pictures of the baby, we will offer a voucher for up to two more visits free of charge to try and get better pictures of the baby. On the third visit, we will finish with what we can get.
Should I drink water before my appointment?
Staying hydrated before your appointment helps us to get the clearest images possible.
What is the difference between 3D/4D/HD ultrasound?
We use all three types of imaging in our 4D/HD ultrasound packages. 3D/4D looks the same, but 3D refers to the still image, and 4D refers to the motion shot (video). HD is the newest ultrasound technology and gives a more defined and realistic view of the baby.
What is the difference between Fetal Fotos and other ultrasound facilities?
The providers and women we serve come to know that we are different from any other ultrasound clinic. We have more experience, exclusive imaging skills, high medical standards, and a persistent dedication to our customers’ health. We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with providers as we offer this positive experience to expectant women. Our customers express their gratitude for our service daily, and our provider relationships make that possible.
Is Ultrasound safe?
Ultrasound has been used for over 35 years and has been proven through countless studies to be a non-invasive tool with vast benefits. We strictly adhere to the standard set by the FDA which “restricts ultrasound exposure to levels that produce few, if any, effects on the fetus, based on epidemiological evidence” (FDA Consumer magazine, January-February 2004 Issue). Our Three-and Four-Dimensional ultrasound imaging uses ultrasound energy subject to these same limits and is not a product of increased frequency or “power” levels, but a combination of increased data gathering (listening) by the transducer and software interpretation after data acquisition. The result is a vast array of benefits without any harm to mother or baby.
Why did Fetal Fotos come into existence?
In 1994, Board-Certified obstetrician Leon Hansen, M.D., recognized that his patients relied a great deal on their medical ultrasound to better understand their pregnancy. He wanted to offer greater choices to expecting women, but physicians’ time is short, and such requests are rarely covered by insurance. As a result, he created an affordable ultrasound service designed to enhance the routine medical ultrasound experience to serve the patient’s needs and concerns. He developed a staff of clinical technicians with highly advanced skills in parent-focused imaging and the newer 3/4D technology, with a unique focus on patient education.” As physicians, we shouldn’t have to choose between providing quality medical care and creating a positive patient experience,” says Dr. Hansen. “FETAL FOTOS exists to give providers a resource to better serve their patients without loss of time or resources, and to give patients direct access to more choices in consultation with their provider.”