The questions listed below are the most frequently asked questions about our bonding prenatal ultrasound packages. Should you have any questions that are not answered below, please send us an e-mail at paradiseultrasound@sbcglobal.net .



Q: What is the difference between 2D, 3D and 4D Ultrasound?

2D (two dimensional) Ultrasound is the standard format in black and white that most doctors’ offices use to exam your baby as a part of your prenatal care. 2D shows the baby’s internal organs, skeleton and allows measurements to be taken. Because 2D is a single “slice” of your baby’s anatomy, it can be difficult to see. 3D Ultrasound is a still image in a three dimensional format that allows you to see the surface of the baby’s face in a more realistic way. 4D is live action or “real time” in 3D of what your baby is really doing at the time of the scan.


Q: What is a bonding prenatal ultrasound?

We offer 2D, 3D & 4D prenatal ultrasounds to provide a positive experience for the mother, father and family members with the unborn baby. We feel that realistic surface images help provide a connection between the parents and baby that can be beneficial to the whole family.


Q: Does this take the place of an ultrasound at my doctor's office?


ABSOLUTELY NOT! Women seeking a limited diagnostic prenatal ultrasound MUST be receiving treatment with a healthcare provider for prenatal care. They still need their diagnostic ultrasound
ordered by their provider to confirm their due date, screen for fetal anomalies, and to look for any other pregnancy related issues.


The issues that we evaluate include: confirm heartbeat, the number of babies in the pregnancy, the position of the baby, and the placental location. Please note, at no time is this exam to be used in place of a complete diagnostic ultrasound.


Q: Do I need an appointment?


Yes, appointments are needed for all our exams.  Remember your exam starts at the time you are given, if you are late it will cut your exam time short.  We recommend you try to arrive 10 mins. early so you can get your paperwork done prior to your exam time.


Q: Is it safe? Are there any risks to me, or my baby?


Extensive studies over 30 years have found that ultrasound has not been shown to cause any harm to mother or baby. Routine scanning of all pregnancies is now normal throughout the United States. In 3D/4D canning exactly the same type and intensity of ultrasound is used as with conventional 2D scanning. 3D and 4D Ultrasound both utilize sound waves to look inside the body. A probe placed on the body emits sound waves into the body, listens for the return echo and generates an image. In 3D/4D scanning, exactly the same type and intensity of ultrasound is
used as with conventional 2D scanning. The software used to interpret the sound waves during
3D and 4D ultrasound is much more sophisticated than in 2D.


Q: Who will do my 4D Ultrasound?


All exams are performed by a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer with an OB/GYN
Specialty Certification and many years of experience.


Q: Can you determine the baby's gender during the 3D/4D ultrasound?


In almost all cases we can provide confirmation of the baby's gender during your scan (only if requested). We guarantee the gender of your baby and if we can not tell the gender we will allow you to come back at no further charge.  Our sonographer has not been wrong on fetal gender (as far as we know) in more than 20 years.


Q: How long does the 3D and 4D ultrasound take?


Depending on the package you order, the ultrasound will last about 20 - 45 min. We recommend expecting to be here for about one hour as we may need to wait for the baby to move into a better position.
 Q: How far along should I be before I have a 4D ultrasound?

 If you plan on having only one 4D ultrasound examination, we would recommend having the examination performed between the 26th and 32nd week of the pregnancy. Many mothers obtain more than one 4D
ultrasound and have images to enjoy from their second and third trimesters. For gender results we recommend waiting until at least 16 weeks for the best accuracy.

Q: Will I always get a beautiful image of my baby?


Unfortunately there are no guarantees. There are things that are beyond our control. The baby's position, the amount of amniotic fluid, location of the placenta and the mothers body type. We have an experienced sonographer who is innovative and will do her best to provide images of your baby. If we cannot get images of your baby we will reschedule you to come back another day.  We want everyone to be totally satisfied.We promise to make every effort to obtain the best possible images of whatever parts of the baby that can be seen.


Q: Will I have to pay if I am not satisfied with the results?


Our best customer is a happy one. We get more business from word of mouth than anything else. In the rare event the baby is in a position that does not allow for satisfactory pictures we'll make arrangements to have you try again.
Q: Can I bring my family and friends?


Absolutely, this is a family event. The more the merrier.We encourage our clients to invite family and friends to attend the elective 4D ultrasound session. We can comfortably accommodate up to 6 people,the ultrasound is viewed on a large screen so that everyone is able to see.We can comfortably accommodate up to 6 people, more if they don't mind standing. This is a joyous and wonderful experience, one that can be shared with your family and friends.


Q: Are you able to tell the sex of the baby?

Yes, in most cases we can provide an indication of the sex of the baby after 16 weeks. We can't however guarantee that the baby will cooperate during your session. Certain factors such as body tissue content, developmental stage and fetal position all affect the ability to determine sex. We do offer a repeat exam in the event that we cannot determine the sex at the time of your exam.


Q: Will my doctor be contacted about the 3D/4D ultrasound?


We do not contact your doctor prior to the scan since this is an elective procedure. If we do see something wrong during the scan, we contact your healthcare provider and send them the report. We do require however, that you are currently under prenatal care and if you have any concerns, you should ask your healthcare provider.

Q: Is the 4D ultrasound covered by Insurance?


Only exams that are ordered by your healthcare provider can be submitted to your insurance. If you want a 4D exam at the time of your diagnostic exam there is a $10 fee. We do accept Visa, Mastercard, and cash.


Q: What should I do prior to my 3D/4D appointment?


Drink plenty of water even days before the appointment to ensure your amniotic fluid is clear. About 30 minutes before your 3D/4D ultrasound, try to have a snack and/or drink a fruit juice so that your baby will be awake during your session.



Q: What should I wear for my ultrasound session?


You should always wear comfortable clothing. If you wear a belly ring, you will have to remove it before the session. Our ultrasound probe should not come in contact with metal.