4D Special Delivery is proud to be a part of creating a memory that will last a lifetime.  We have been providing non-diagnostic prenatal 3D 4D ultrasound and HD Live Ultrasound for entertainment and bonding purposes for many years, serving thousands of families.  We use top-of-the-line ultrasound machines to provide the highest quality ultrasound images.  We have a large screen plasma television display so that you and your guests can enjoy this precious moment together.  To learn more about 3D ultrasound please review the below information.

FAQ 2D 3D 4D Ultrasound HD Live Ultrasound Services

What is 2D/3D 4D Ultrasound and HD Live Imaging?

For many years sonography was limited to 2D (2-dimensional) cross-sectional scans through anatomy.  Now 2D imaging has been extended into 3D (3-dimensional) scanning and imaging.  The 2D mode is the traditional ultrasound mode, usually seen in the doctors office, with a black and white image.  The 2D mode is mainly images of the baby’s bones and the fluid.  The 2D mode is usually used to see the baby’s gender, and when the baby is younger in age.  The 3D mode on the ultrasound machine is the images where you can see the baby’s facial features in the color mode.  You will be able to see your baby smile, blink, and yawn.  The 3D mode is the mode you use for obtaining the still images in color of your baby’s face.  The final mode, the 4D mode, is real time 4D Live Motion Imaging, and it is the continuous three dimensional scanning of the baby.  The 4D mode is the mode to obtain the live 3D images in moving form producing a DVD for you to bring home to your friends and family. 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 ultrasound produces color still shot pictures. 4D ultrasound , 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 ultrasound movement, you will need to make sure you have chosen a DVD option.

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What is HD Live Ultrasound Imaging?

HD Live is the currently the newest ultrasound technology available.  HD Live ultrasound offers amazing realistic and true to life images and videos of your unborn baby.  Through the use of an advanced illumination model, HD Live supports shadows, a virtual light source and advanced skin rendering techniques to exhibit this incredible experience. This new method is the latest generation of technology, and currently 4D Special Delivery is THE ONLY studio in Southern California to offer this HD Live imaging experience!

Is it safe for the mother and the baby?

Ultrasound has been used for over 30 years in obstetrics with millions of images produced.  Numerous studies and medical research has shown no known adverse side effects when used properly.  There is no increase in sound waves used in 3D 4D ultrasound over 2D ultrasound (the mode used in the physician’s office).  Our machines are new, and well maintained set with the OB Application in place and with energy limits set by the manufacturer below FDA limits.  All of our sonographers have completed the diagnostic ultrasound program and are diagnotstic medical sonographers being either ARMDS licensed or eligible.  Our sonographers have completed extensive 3D 4D ultrasound training to provide the safest exam possible and obtain the best photos of your baby.  To see the positive outcome of 3D 4D ultrasounds in pregnancy, click the link below to see the positive bonding that can happen with this incredible technology:

Healthy Pregnancy and Bonding with your baby with a 3D 4D Ultrasound

Do I need to see a doctor before I visit 4D Special Delivery?

Yes, of course.  You are required to visit a doctor and have a diagnostic medical ultrasound of your fetus prior to visiting our office.  Our services are purely for entertainment.  We provide only non-diagnostic ultrasounds.  A diagnostic medical ultrasound exam with your physician will determine the proper development of the fetus and check for any anomalies.  We want to be assurred that you are being seen by a licensed physician and getting the proper testing done for you and your baby.

 Who performs the 2D/3D 4D Ultrasound and HD Live ultrasounds in your facility?   

All of our technologists are trained and experienced in performing 2D/3D 4D Ultrasound and HD Live ultrasounds.  They are all SDMS certified technologists and ARDMS board certified who have taken the didactic and clinical training programs for performing safe obstetrical ultrasounds.  Our technologists have extensive 3D/4D ultrasound experience in getting the best possible images for you and your family.

 When is the best time to get a 2D/3D 4D Ultrasound and HD Live Ultrasound?

We advise you to have your gender determination ultrasound after 14-15 weeks.   Our sonographers are trained to see the gender and our accuracy rate is very high.   If for any reason, for example, your baby is uncooperative during the session after trying different positioning, you and your family are welcome to come back for a gender re-check for ABSOLUTELY FREE the second time.  We want you to be assurred that you will know your baby’s gender after the gender determination, so you can prepare for your little miracle when he/she arrives.  From 26 to 34 weeks, it is the best time to get a 3D 4D ultrasound for the best photos of your baby.  At this time, your baby is gaining more weight, and the face is filling out more.  The 26 to 34 week time period is the time your baby is getting chubby and more like how the baby will like at the time of being born.  Most of our customers come from referrals from other moms-to-be that had a great experience at our facility.  Our trained staff provide the best images available to you, and many of our customers see our images from other  friends and family that have had a wonderful experience with us and come to our facility for their ultrasound.

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 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?” Use this chart above to choose.  There is always “give and take” at each stage of development, but they are all beautiful. That’s why many families come more than once.

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