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

Keep in mind 2D, 3D and 4D are features/technology on the ultrasound system that produce images. 2D technology is the black/white technology and is used for gender determination and to listen to the baby's heartbeat. 3D produces color still shot pictures. 4D, in simple terms, is 3D in movement. So if your baby is sucking his/her thumb, crying, yawning, etc. you will see his/her movements and gestures in the color technology. In order to capture all of this 4D movement, you will need to make sure you have chosen a video option


We provide 2D, 3D & 4D elective ultrasound services that obtain amazing images of your expected baby. Baby's First Images captures, produces and preserves your images professionally like no other facility so that you can enjoy them for a lifetime. Our procedures are non-invasive, performed on the belly and always performed by a real Sonographer. Our facility feels like a spa/medical/home theater environment for you and your family to enjoy.

You are about to experience the miracle of seeing your baby in amazing 2D, 3D and 4D technology. Please take a moment to read through our “Answers” page so that you have a clear understanding of what to expect from your session and our services. This information is vital to explaining to you what to expect from your experience and answering any questions you may have about your service.

THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU NEED TO DO IS TO DRINK YOUR PHYSICIANS RECOMMENDED DAILY CONSUMPTION OF WATER (TYPICALLY 64-80 OZ. PER DAY) 1-2 WEEKS PRIOR TO YOUR SESSION IN ORDER TO GET VIVID IMAGES OF YOUR BABY. THIS INCREASES THE NEEDED FLUIDS AROUND THE BABY IN ORDER TO GET VIVID IMAGES. MOM'S WHO DO NOT DRINK LOTS OF WATER DO NOT GET VIVID IMAGES!!! THIS IS NOT SAYING TO HAVE A FULL BLADDER WHEN YOU COME IN (NOT NEEDED) - IT IS SAYING DRINK APPROXIMATELY A 64-80 OZ. OF WATER 1-2 WEEKS PRIOR TO YOUR SESSION.

Yes. If you received a "Gender OR Peanut" service at your last session, you will get 10% off your next session. If you received a "3D/4D" color sessio at your last session, you will get 20% off your next session. All discounts/coupons are applied when you arrive to pay.

  • **Some packages may be listed as no discounts allowed. Please see package descriptions for details.

ALL scans are done abdominally. The technician applies (usually very cold) gel to your tummy and moves the probe or transducer over it to obtain images of your baby. As sound waves from the transducer bounce off your baby's features or organs, images are formed on a computer screen. We will be trying to get many different views of your baby from different angles, to give her as much information as possible.

Our ultrasound clinics allow your husband, mother and your other children to share the exciting experience. We have 2 rooms for about 10 people for your party, comfortably. However if you would like to bring more people, that is fine, but please note that any more than 10 guests will have to find standing room. *If you bring a large group, please make sure your party does not take up all the seating from the other guests and instruct your excess members to stand anywhere inside/outside the studio they would like while waiting to go back to the studio.

Also, consider using SKYPE service where you can have your ultrasound broadcasted LIVE over the internet to the computers OR phones of friends and family see. Children are welcome, but please make sure they are strictly supervised around the equipment by another adult other than pregnant mom while she is being scanned.

It's very rare we cannot tell what you are having during your initial visit. If for some reason the position of the baby forbids us the ability to determine its gender during your session, we will invite you back for an additional Gender Check at no additional cost (as long as you are at least 16 weeks at your initial appointment). This applies to all packages. (No pictures or disks are supplied at this FREE Gender Check session.

We do gender determination as early as 16 weeks and up to full term on all of our packages (twins should wait until 18 weeks). Gender determination is always done in 2D B&W technology for reliability purposes, however it can be requested in color 3D/4D if you purchase the Quick Peek or Complete packages.

Additionally, we do gender determination (if requested) for every package we offer and at every revisit to give our mothers that extra peace of mind. Although many mother want to capture the early stages of development in 3D/4D, if you want more developed images of your baby in 3D/4D you might consider doing the Gender Package at the early stages and come back to do a 3D/4D session between 24-34 weeks when your baby is in the later stages of development. (See the Developmental Chart below).

The best time for an "3D/4D" ultrasound session is completely a matter of the mothers opinion. You have to ask yourself: "What stage or stages do you want to capture?" the great news is they are all beautiful. That's why many families come more than once.

If you are having twins, there are a few things you need to know. First off, because you are having 2 babies, it is like you are having 2 sessions. So, for Gender Determination services, there is an additional $20 fee to scan both babies. If you are wanting 3D/4D services, then there are no additional fees, however you MUST have the Complete Package performed to allow for ample amount of time for both babies. Mom's with Twins should come in before 27 weeks for full development images and 16-18 weeks to attempt to get images of them together. However, mom's still come up to full term.

No problem. We have many mothers who come to have this amazing 3D/4D ultrasound session performed without determining gender and still keeping it a surprise for the birthday.

This is probably the most important question to ask. Baby's First Images is an AAUIF Accredited ultrasound facility member. AAUIF is an association of ultrasound facilities operating at the industry's highest standards and protocols. All facility guidelines and protocols are overseen by a board certified physician and every session is performed by a real diagnostic medicalsonographer, graduating from an allied health accredited school qualifying them as RDMS registered or registry eligible. Another way to answer this question is to read the official statement of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine CLICK HERE