Frequently asked questions
What stage during pregnancy can I get a 3D/4D scan?
The best time for a 3D/4D scan is between 25 to 32weeks and for multiple pregnancies between 18 to 24 weeks. The baby at this stage is big but still has enough room to move around.
Is there anything I can do to improve my 3D/4D images?
3D/4D scans rely on several factors, including: size and position of the baby, amount of fluid around the baby and/or excess maternal abdominal fat. If the baby is not in an ideal position, we will ask you to take short walk or move around to encourage the baby to move. If baby’s position does not improve, a further appointment will be offered at no extra cost.
What happens if you are unable to get the 3D/4D images of the baby?
If the baby/ies do not co-operate on the day of the scan, after a minimum of 2 attempts, you will be invited back at no extra cost. Patients are advised that they will be charged a minimum of £80 for the reassurance side of the package on the first day but will not be charged for any rescan dates following. Any additional keepsakes will be charged separately upon purchase.
If after numerous attempts we are still unable to provide the 3D/4D package requested, we will endeavour to downscale the package to a basic package – with the agreement of the patient. However, if we are unable to obtain any 3D/4D imagery, patient will be downscaled to a 2D package, minimum being a Reassurance scan.
Why 3D/4D scans is performed early for multiple pregnancies?
Unlike single babies, multiple babies can be far more difficult to obtain 3D/4D imagery, as commonly; at least one of the babies will be in a difficult position. It is recommended to perform 3D/4D earlier on in the pregnancy to obtain the best imagery of both babies. If we are unable to perform 3D/4D, patient will be downscaled to a package accordingly and/or the basic reassurance scan.
Are there any risks in performing 3D/4D to the baby?
Simple answer is, no. Ultrasound technology has primarily been around for over 30 years and is believed to be a very safe method to look at and monitor a developing foetus. Research has proven 3D/4D scans are believed to provide the additional psychological and other health benefits for both parents and child. The GE range are highly recognised technological machine, utilised by leading clinics across the world. If you do have any concern, please consult your GP or midwife or speak to our sonographers about the safety of ultrasound. The HPA issued a report in February 2010, explaining that parents to be should be made aware of any uncertainties in 4D scans. Please click here to see full article.
How many guests/children can come with me?
We recognise the importance of having friends and family attend with you, especially with 3D/4D. We are happy for family and friends to attend, however due to limitations in space and seating, we are able to accommodate up to 5 people with the patient and children are welcome too.
Who will perform the scan?
All of our sonographers are qualified with diagnostic obstetric ulltrasound scanning experience, and are accredited by either the Health Professional Council, The General Medical Council, Society of Radiographers or Royal College of Midwives and work within the NHS alongside their role with My Ultra Healthcare Ltd.
What do I need to bring to my appointment?
Please bring your along your hospital notes and reports to assist our Sonographers if a referral is required.
Will you advise me of any abnormalities?
Please note, our scans do not replace any of your NHS scans. During your appointment a general well-being check is performed on the baby, in an event of any abnormality being detected, we will discuss this with you and provide a full report for to forward to your health practitioner.
Do I still need to visit the NHS if I had a scan with you?
Yes, our services are a complementary service, which works alongside the NHS.