Frequently Asked Questions
What is a 4d baby scan?
A 4D baby scan is an ultrasound scan, but unlike your conventional 2D black and white ultrasound scan which you may have seen at the hospital, the 4D scan produces life like images so that you can actually see what your baby looks like.
Are babyvision ultrasound scans and consultations available to everyone?
Yes. You do not need a referral from your doctor.
When is the best time to have 4d baby ultrasound scan?
You can have the 4D baby scan between the 22nd and 34th week of pregnancy although we suggest you try to book between your 28th week and your 32nd week. At the earlier stages you will see more of your baby’s body and at the later stages you see more of your baby’s facial features. Click here to check our sample images in our 4D gallery. If you wish to book in the earlier stages we would recommend the 4D Peek scan as opposed to a full 4D Scan
Does it make a difference if I have a high BMI?
It is difficult to know how clear the scan will be just from a BMI calculation as there are several factors which influence the quality of the images. These include the placental location, your baby’s position and the amount of amniotic fluid around your baby. Generally we would suggest doing the 4D scan slightly later at around 28-29 weeks gestation if you have a high BMI.
I am having twins, does this make a difference?
All of our scans require extra time if you are expecting twins. The charge for your scan is the same as it is for a singleton, however you need to advise us at the time of your booking so that we can allow the extra time for your appointment.
Full 4D scan packages are unavailable for a twin pregnancy.
What happens during a 4d scan?
When you arrive for your scan we will ask you to complete a short registration form to include your pregnancy dates and contact details.
You will be taken into the scan room where we will make you feel comfortable and relaxed and where seating is provided for your guests. We start the scan in 2D to get a good overall view and check your baby’s heart beat and position and then we start your 4D scan.
To encourage your baby to move around during the scan, please do not skip your meals. Having something to eat around 30 minutes or so before the scan may also encourage the baby to move around
If we are unable to obtain images of your baby’s face, we may ask you to take a short walk to help to change your baby’s position. If we are still unable to obtain the 4d scan images we may ask you to return for a second scan at no extra charge. A charge of £30 will be made for the appointment growth measurements will be taken and issued.
Is the scan safe?
Yes. Ultrasound during pregnancy is widely accepted as safe for both mother and baby. We scan within the guidelines set out by BMUS (The British Medical Ultrasound Society) and do not scan for longer than is necessary. Our ultrasound machine is used in accordance with the manufacturers safety guidelines and is regularly serviced by specialist GE engineers. For further information please see the advice from the Health Protection Agency by following this link HPA . All of our scans include a fetal heart beat check, and all of our 4D scans include growth measurements.
Does the 4d scan or gender scan replace my hospital scan?
No. These scans are optional and are not a complete medical check. They do not replace your hospital antenatal scans.
What happens if you see a problem?
Your 4D baby scan at babyvision is not a scan to check for abnormalities, however if we suspect a problem we will discuss the findings in as much detail as we can. We will then contact your usual health professionals to arrange follow-up care and provide you with a full written report.
Can you tell me if I am having a boy or girl?
If you wish to know the gender of your baby we can almost always tell you. If we are unable to determine your baby’s gender, we will offer a further 2D scan at no extra charge. Payment for the scan will be taken at the initial appointment.
We are unable to guarantee 100% accuracy.
It is not difficult to hide this area if you do not wish to know your baby’s gender.
Is it a boy or girl?
The answer to the question “is it a boy or girl?” can usually be discovered through our 2d gender scans or our 4d scans. If we are unable to determine your baby’s gender, we will offer you a further 2D scan at no extra charge. If you do not want to know if you are expecting a boy or a girl during your 4d scan we can avoid this area.
Do I need to have a full bladder?
You need to arrive with a full bladder for both Dating scans and gender scans between 16-20 weeks gestation. After 20 weeks it is not necessary.
To obtain a full bladder, you need drink approximately 2 cups of water about 40 minutes before your appointment. If you become uncomfortable please go the toilet.
Your bladder will fill fairly quickly again if you are well hydrated.
What if I would like a scan package that is not listed?
With some of our 4d baby scan packages you are able to add additional items. Please see our 4d scan page.
How many people can I bring with me?
In our Shrewsbury clinic, there is a large sofa and armchair in the scan room, which will provide seating for around 5 guests and allow a maximum of 5 guests. This is to ensure the enjoyment of the scan for yourselves and your guests. In our Wolverhampton clinic, seating is provided for a maximum of 3 guests.
Please note that there is limited space in our waiting area. If you wish to bring a number of guests we ask that you do not arrive more than 10 minutes before your appointment time as we may have others clients booked for appointments before or after yours. Children are very welcome to attend the scan.
What if I am late for my appointment?
Babyvision staff will do all they can to accomodate your chosen scan on the day that you have booked. If you are considerably late this may mean that you will need to come back at a later time on the day you have booked, however if no other appointment times are available then you may need to come back on another day. Babyvision reserve the right to charge £30 for a missed appointment.
What if I am unhappy with the service?
If you are unhappy with any aspect of the service provided by Babyvision, we are happy to deal with, and hopefully rectify any complaint received. This can be done by telephone to 01743 709064, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by completing this complaint form, which can be sent by post. Whilst generic complaints maybe addressed on Social Media sites (ie: Facebook) Babyvision reserve the right to remove any individual complaint raised on such sites as we are unable to provide a response without breaching confidentiality through this type of media.
How can I pay?
We accept all major debit and credit cards, and cash.