3d 4d Ultrasound Worth The

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J - July 7

I am just wondering if any of you are getting one of these? Where you get pictures and video of you baby. We already had the level II through our doctor.

 

Beccah - July 7

YES! I LOVED THIS SERVICE!! We got ours done in Baton Rouge, LA where it was relatively cheap: $159 for an hour long session, she gave us printouts of the 4D pictures as well as a VHS of the session (DVD costs $15 extra) and a CD with all of the pictures on it. I can go to Wal Mart and make as many copies as I want! See my pictures here, It's well worth it! http://rebeccah0326.piczo.com

 

BBK - July 7

I think it's worth it because your little one will get a kick out of it later. BTW 3D is for pictures and 4D is for video (time being the fourth dimension). Ask your doc too, but it should be no problem. When we asked ours his answer was "find out what those machines cost because I want to get one".... and sure enough he did.

 

HP - July 7

Beside gender determination, do they give any other kind of diagnosis if they see something obvious that could raise concerns?

 

Julie - July 7

I don't know but I did already have an ultrasound done by an ultrasound doctor and she said my baby was normal and healthy.

 

E - July 7

HP - they only give you that information if the purpose of the US is for diagnostic reasons. You would need to have the US done via your doc or a referral to a diagnostic ultrasound center, as I did. I had placenta previa so insurance covered all of my 3-Ds, Techincally, they do include the 4th dimension of time, but do not capture it on a take-home video. Still, it is a live capture so the 4th dimension exists in all reality.

 

BBK - July 7

HP, I asked the tech about that, she said if they see something obvioulsy wrong they will notify the doc, but the primary purpose of these sonograms is not for medical diagnosis but for the parents to take an early peek at their baby. BTW, there is currently some proposal by some state (NY) lawmakers to outlaw these elective ultrasounds stating that we simply don't know if frequent sonography is harmful to the fetus.

 

Julie - July 7

I watched a special called "In the womb" on the discovery channel and they said they know that they do not cause any harm to the baby.

 

BBK - July 7

Julie, I'm with you on that, it's unlikely that they cause any harm....however keep in mind thought that Marie Curie died from X-ray induced leukemia because at the time everyone thought x-rays were just as harmless. We just don't have long term data to have proof-positive about that there are no long term effects.

 

Rachel* - July 7

I had the 4-D us done two weeks ago and it was pretty neat. The only problem was that our baby girl was laying in a transverse position (across my tummy) and she had her feet above her head. So she was blocking her face a lot with her legs. We got a couple of really good shots though. You can see the 3-D pictures on our website at http://ourbabyg.piczo.net

 

Christina - July 7

How far along do you have to be to get this done/ or what is the best age? I heard if you get it done too early your baby will look like a skeleton.

 

Sarah - July 7

I take it insurance doesn't cover the use of this? That sucks. I was all excited thinking I could see my baby in 3D or 4D for free at my first ultrasound.

 

BBK - July 7

Christina, we were told best time is 27-33 weeks. We did it at 29 weeks. Sarah, insurance won't cover it unless there was a medical reason for it, and even then they may object.

 

Rachel* - July 7

The best time to do it is from week 25 to week 30, according to the place that I got mine done. Unfortunately insurance doesn't cover it, unless like in E's case there is a medical concern.

 

Sarah - July 7

Phooey!

 

Beccah - July 7

I did mine at 17 weeks, the earliest we could have gotten it done. I wanted to see my baby. It didn't matter that he looked like a skeleton (sometimes an alien!) the 4D pictures put a face to his skull and I think he's the most adorable baby! Since our scan was provided by a private service, it was not covered by insurance, and the person doing the US was NOT a doctor. I didn't expect her to diagnose anything, although she did say that he looked like the rest of her 17 week babies. She said that if she saw something that was wrong, she would call our doctor (we had to give her his # with our info when we signed up). ** If you do it too late (after week 30) it gets hard to see everything because the baby is so squished.

 

jb - July 7

I think it is well worth the money! This is the best thing to seeing your little one or ones before they are here!

 

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