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3D4D UltrasoundFrequently Asked Questions


Why use our services?
Whether you are visiting us for a level one complete diagnostic ultrasound, or a limited diagnostic study – our focus is you. Our center specializes in the best 2D, 3D, and 4D imaging available to bring you closer to your baby – sooner.

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What is a Level One Diagnostic ultrasound?
We perform our dating ultrasounds after 14 weeks gestation, and our level one complete ultrasounds after 18 weeks gestation. Our trained and certified ultrasound technologists take a close look at the baby and record the following: confirmation of heart-rate, position of the baby, placental location and grade, gender determination if desired, biparietal diameter and head circumference, femur length, abdominal circumference, and anatomic features. The findings of these ultrasounds are read by our Supervising Physicians, and a report is sent to your provider’s office. We are a provider for many insurance plans.
Please call our office to determine if your plan is available through us.

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What is an elective limited diagnostic ultrasound?
This scan includes basic information about your baby including: confirmation of heart-rate, position of the baby, placental location, and gender determination if desired. If you are carrying multiple babies – the above information is determined for each. Our trained and certified technologists compile the above information and send a report directly to your provider’s office.

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What is included in the cost of my appointment?
Your appointment cost covers the medical information obtained by our trained and certified ultrasound technologists, the time involved in obtaining this information, and for the report sent to your provider. Complimentary video and images are provided during your session, but please remember these are not included in the cost of your appointment.

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How far along should I be before I have a 3D/4D elective ultrasound?
We recommend having your 3D/4D ultrasound performed after the 25th week of your pregnancy, and anytime after the 28th week for our fuller figured mommies.

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When should I book my 3D/4D appointment?
You may book your appointment in advance, or call to see what is available in the near future. Our appointments do tend to book up quickly – especially on Saturdays, so booking in advance in recommended. We save this appointment time especially for you to enjoy your baby with family and friends. Because of this, we ask that you kindly give us 24-hour notice of cancellation or rescheduling to avoid a cancellation/no-show fee. We want to make sure that if you are unable to attend your visit with us, that we are able to give another mommy a chance to take your place. Thank you in advance for your cooperation with this policy.

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What are the requirements for receiving an elective ultrasound?
We offer elective ultrasounds to expectant mothers who are currently under prenatal care and have undergone their second trimester diagnostic ultrasound with their provider. This is the anatomical survey ultrasound most commonly performed around 20 weeks. Written confirmation of this is required - please call our office for details. This elective ultrasound does NOT take the place of a complete diagnostic ultrasound, or any other type of care your healthcare provider requires. Our elective services are simply a wonderful adjunct to the care you are currently receiving.

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I’ve heard of those “Keepsake Facilities”.  What makes your services different?
Before we opened, we too had heard the controversy over so-called keepsake ultrasound facilities. We did our research on what other companies had done in the past to cause these concerns, and to find out what we could do to set ourselves apart. We have policies and protocols in place to ensure that we go above and beyond what is expected of us. We are a Medical Imaging facility, like an MRI center for example, but instead - we specialize in prenatal ultrasounds. If you look, most other 3D facilities only offer elective services, and do not offer diagnostics. We would fall in the same category as an OB office or hospital providing elective 3D ultrasounds as well as diagnostic services. All our elective scans are limited to 10-25 minutes which is within the time frame that has been proven safe over the last 35+ years. A requirement of employment with us is that all of our ultrasound technologists not only have extensive OB experience, but we also require that they be ARDMS certified. This means they not only have years of experience, but that they had to go through extensive testing to get their certification. We conduct a limited diagnostic scan with each and every mommy to ensure that this is not solely for entertainment only! We also only see mommies who have already undergone their complete diagnostic ultrasound as this ensures that no one will use this ultrasound in place of their diagnostic with their provider. And - 3D/4D ultrasound is the EXACT same intensity as a 2D ultrasound. Nothing changes when we switch to 3D or 4D. We have gone above and beyond so that the families that come to us can rest assured that they will receive the best care that an ultrasound facility can give. Only the best for you!

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Who performs the ultrasounds?
Our staff is highly trained and certified by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers. Our ultrasound technologists have years of experience in High Risk OB scanning, and extensive 3D experience as well. Our technologists perform a limited diagnostic scan with each session, and a report is sent to your provider stating the location of the placenta, fetal lie, heart-rate, and number of gestations. We expect the best, and so should you. Let our trained and certified staff allow you to experience the miracle of life as it has never been before!

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Do you perform other types of ultrasound exams?
Yes, ultrasound isn’t used only in obstetrics. With your physician’s order, we can perform most studies including gynecological, abdominal, renal, thyroids and vascular evaluations.

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How safe is 3D/4D ultrasound?
Ultrasound has been a routine practice in prenatal care throughout the U.S. It has been studied for over 35 years, and has been shown to cause no harm to either the mother or the baby. Your 3D/4D ultrasound session utilizes the same type of ultrasound as a regular 2D scan performed in the doctor's office. The power or intensity DOES NOT change when moving from 2D to 3D/4D. It is actually a new computer software in our systems, NOT a different type of ultrasound, that creates these remarkable images.

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Will my 3D images always turn out the way I expect?
Usually, but sometimes if the baby is persistently looking away from us, or if hands and feet are in the way it may be difficult to see the baby's face. Also - if placenta is in the way, or for our fuller figured mommies, the images will tend to be a bit fuzzier. Unfortunately - Baby Rules! However, we do our very best to get the best images we can! Each baby will scan differently, and we can make no promises that the images will always meet your expectations. We do promise, however to do everything we can to get the very best images possible. Issues that can make the images less than perfect are: the amount of fluid around the area of interest, fuller-figured mothers-to-be, age of the fetus, and fetal position. Please note that the fee paid for the ultrasound appointment is non-refundable however if the technologist recognizes that the issue of difficulty like fetal position and or fluid placement might change with time, she will recommend a return visit and a discount will be offered.

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How many guests may I bring?
We believe this should be a family experience! We can comfortably seat 6 people in our exam room. However, if you have more people that you would like to share this experience with, just let us know in advance and we would be happy to gather more seating for your guests.

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3D4D Ultrasound

Do you offer Gender Determination?
Yes, we do. Again - Baby Rules - we can't make guarantees that your little one will cooperate with us, but we can guarantee we will make every effort to determine the gender of your child. Because we have a bit more time than the doctor's office does, we are able to spend more time determining the gender of your baby.

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What if I DON'T want to know the gender of my child?
NO PROBLEM!! Many parents think that because this technology creates such clear images, that there is no way to hide the sex. NOT TRUE! We have had many families request that we not determine gender. When this is the wish of our guests, we accommodate with no questions asked. We simply stay away from that area of your child, and focus on other areas, such as face, hands, arms, etc. Just let us know your wishes and we would be happy to hide the gender for you!

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Can I use my insurance for this ultrasound?
We are a provider for many insurance companies. Call us to see if we are listed with your insurance for your complete diagnostic ultrasound.

As for the elective ultrasounds - because it is elective, and not something that is required for your care, insurance does not cover this ultrasound session. Therefore, this will be an out of pocket expense. For your convenience, we accept cash, checks, Visa, MasterCard, and debit cards.

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Aren’t these 3D/4D ultrasounds expensive?
You will be surprised at our low rates! Please call us today.

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Please note:
Expectant mothers wishing to have an elective ultrasound performed MUST be under prenatal care for her pregnancy, and have already undergone a second trimester diagnostic ultrasound with her provider. This elective ultrasound is NOT intended to take place of a complete diagnostic ultrasound, or any other type of care required by your healthcare provider.


Pacific Coast Ultrasound   ~  4622 Katella Avenue Suite 101  ~  Los Alamitos, CA  90720

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