Frequently Asked Questions


The questions listed below are the most frequently asked questions about our Prenatal Ultrasound packages. Should you have any questions that are not answered below, please call us at 360-305-6363 or, send us an e-mail at administrator@1stimpressions3d.com

What is an 3D/4D prenatal ultrasound?

We are providing a live-motion 4D ultrasound experience to help establish a positive bond for parents with their unborn baby. We also provide keepsake video and baby photos. Research shows that realistic surface images provide a connection between the parents and baby that can be beneficial to the whole family.

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

2D images are the general black and white scans you receive at your doctor’s office. We always start out in 2D to get to 3D.

2D Profile Image

3D images are the sepia- colored, still pictures that you see on our website and on your CD. 4D is a live version of the 3D pictures and is displayed on our TV during your exam and recorded onto your DVD movie .

3D photo of Baby Boy 31 Weeks

Does this replace the ultrasound at my doctor’s office?

ABSOLUTELY NOT! Women seeking an elective prenatal ultrasound with 1st Impressions Prenatal Ultrasound must already be receiving prenatal care with a healthcare provider and have already undergone a medical, diagnostic ultrasound to confirm their due date, screen for fetal anomalies, and to diagnose any other pregnancy related issues. We include a limited diagnostic scan to confirm the gender, number of babies, baby’s presentation, placental location and measure the heart rate. Please note, at no time is this exam to be used in place of a complete diagnostic ultrasound. We will notify your doctor if we have any concerns during your exam but the 3D ultrasound is a NON-DIAGNOSTIC exam.

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

Extensive studies over 35 years have found that ultrasound has not been shown to cause any maternal or fetal harm. Routine diagnostic scanning of all pregnancies is now a normal procedure. 3D/4D scans use exactly the same type and intensity of ultrasonic waves as in conventional 2D scan.

Do I need an appointment for 3D sonogram?

Yes, appointments are necessary for all of our services.

How long does the 3D 4D prenatal ultrasound session take?

Depending on the package you choose, the session will last between 15 and 30 minutes. However, we will need 10 minutes for registration/eligibility. After the scan, 10min for printing pictures and formatting the DVD/CD varies.

How far along should I be before I have a  3D/4D sonogram?

3D/4D Ultrasound is performed ideally between 26-32 weeks. If you have scheduled your exam prior to 26 weeks, any repeat exam will be performed at your expense. No refund will be given for a less than optimal exam unless you are participating in our multiple exam package. If you plan on having only one session, we recommend having the exam performed between 26 and 32 weeks. However, excellent images can be obtained from 16 to 36 weeks. Many mothers opt for our multiple exam package to see the baby’s growth from the second to the third trimester. For twins, we recommend scans before 28 weeks.

Will I always get beautiful 3D pregnancy pictures?

In most cases you will. Sometimes if the baby’s position is face down, i.e., towards your spine, it may be difficult to see the baby’s face. In this case, a complimentary rescan will be scheduled. However, the scan images may not be similar to those you saw elsewhere or even from our center. Every baby scans differently, depending on the gestational age, position, amount of fluid, placental location and mother’s body habitus. However, we promise to make every effort to obtain the best images.

Can I bring family and friends for the 3D/4D baby ultrasound session?

You may bring guests the exam. You are only limited by the number that will fit in the room. Your guest must be on time or join the in progress session. Scans will not be repeated for latecomers. We want the exam to be a pleasurable and informative experience for the entire family, but because the scan can take up to 30 minutes it may not be appropriate for small children who are easily distracted.

Can you determine the gender during 3D/4D baby ultrasound?

We can provide confirmation of your baby’s gender in almost all cases (if requested) starting at 18 weeks. However, the baby can be uncooperative during the session and we may be unable to confirm gender, if so we can schedule a complimentary scan for a later date.

Does Insurance cover the 3D/4D pregnancy ultrasound procedure?

You will need to pay this as an out of pocket expense. 3D & 4D ultrasound is not paid for by any insurance company for non-medical reasons and is not intended to be a replacement for your physician ordered ultrasound. Your insurance will not be billed and the all scans will be paid for in full by cash debit or credit card prior to the exam.

How much does it cost to receive the 3D/4D pregnancy pictures?

We have various packages to fit anyone’s budget. Please refer to the Prices section for our packages. We highly recommend that you check our specials page for discount specials.

How can I prepare for the scan?

You can help optimize the scan by eating a snack or drinking juice 30 minutes before scan.  The bladder should also be at least half full. Juice, Hi-C, coffee and anything with caffeine or sugar is good so the baby moves around.  Sometimes the baby can be in a position that is difficult to get a good pictures and the extra energy boost can help encourage the baby to move into a better position for scanning. Moms know best what can help wake up their sleeping baby!

Does drinking more fluid help improve my ultrasound images?

Yes! Drinking the physician’s recommended daily intake of water (64-80 ounces) will help improve image quality.  Having enough amniotic fluid around the baby increases the visibility and greatly improves the detail of the ultrasound pictures. Please drink the daily recommended amount of water with additional 6-8oz of fluid a day 1-2 weeks prior to your appointment.