FAQs: 3D & 4D Baby Scanning
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3D and 4D Baby Scans

Baby Scanning

1.) Where can I get an Ultrasound scan?

We have clinics in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Fife (Kirkcaldy). Please
telephone our central booking line on 0141 221 2611 to arrange an appointment
for a 3D and 4D scan. You can find further details of our clinics in our contact us

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2.) What are the opening times?

Our 3D and 4D Baby Scanning Clinics are open on Saturdays, Sundays and
occasional weekdays.

Our booking staff are available to take calls regarding our 3D and 4D Ultrasound
services 7 days a week from 10am to 4pm. You are welcome to call us outwith
these hours and leave a message on our voicemail. We will return your call as
soon as we are back in the clinic.

3.) Is 3D/4D Ultrasound scanning safe?

Since its introduction 30 years ago there has been no evidence to suggest that
Ultrasound scanning presents any risk to the mother and baby. This is being
monitored on an ongoing basis by experts at the British Medical Ultrasound

The Ultrasound output levels of our 3D and 4D scanning equipment, GE Voluson
730, are no more than the traditional 2D scanning equipment used in hospitals.

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4.) What is 4D Ultrasound?

The latest Ultrasound technology adds the fourth dimension of time to a 3D scan
image resulting in a moving 3D image of your unborn child.

5.) Who will perform my scan?

A Sonographer with extensive Obstetric experience will carry out your 2D, 3D and
4D scans.

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6.) Do I need a referral from my doctor?

You do not require a referral from your doctor for our 2D, 3D and 4D baby scans.

7.) How much time should I allow for the 3D/4D scan?

You should arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment for your 3D and 4D ultrasound scan to fill out registration forms etc.

The appointment length for our 3D and 4D scans is 30 to 45 minutes depending
on which package you choose. This is to allow for scanning and preparation of
DVD, CD Rom and prints. Our policy is not to exceed the scanning time beyond
30 minutes. Usually the scanning time will range from 10-30 minutes to allow for
a 5, 10 or 15 minute recording. As your baby may not be in an ideal position on
arrival the length of appointment will allow time for the baby to change position.
You will also have time to move or walk around in order to get the best views of
the baby.

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8.) When is the best time to have the 3D/4D scan?

For optimal 3D scan and 4D scan images the best time to arrange a visit is between 24 and 32 weeks.

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9.) Do we scan everyone?

Our 2D, 3D and 4D ultrasound services are intended for low risk pregnancies. If you have a history of lower abdominal pain or bleeding you should consult your GP or attend your nearest A&E Dept.

10.) When is the best time to carry out the 3D/4D scan on twins?

Women with twins wishing to attend for a 3D and 4D baby scan should visit at around 25 weeks, as twins have less space. Please note with the 3D and 4D scanning it is usually not possible to see both babies in the same image area.

11.) What determines the quality of my 3D/4D images?

The quality of your 3D scan images and 4D scan movie are determined by the baby’s position, amount of amniotic fluid around the baby (the more the better) and the amount of tissue (skin, fat and muscle) between the probe and the baby.

The most important factor in 3D and 4D baby scanning is the baby’s position. If the baby is lying in a difficult position a satisfactory 3D and 4D ultrasound scan may be difficult.

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12.) How many guests can I bring?

We are able to accommodate up to 6 members of your family and friends when you attend for your 3D and 4D baby scan appointment. We would ask that small children and babies be accompanied by at least one adult otherwise you may lose valuable scanning time.

13.) Do I need to have a full bladder?

It is not necessary to have a full bladder when you attend for your 3D and 4D scanning appointment.

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14.) Do I need to bring anything with me?

Please ensure that you bring your antenatal records when you attend for your 3D and 4D baby ultrasound appointment so that we can contact your health professionals if necessary.

15.) Can you tell me my baby’s gender?

This is optional and only possible if the baby is in a position where the gender can be easily identifiable. We cannot guarantee an accurate diagnosis of your baby’s gender.

16.) What if I do not wish to know my baby’s gender?

Please let us know and we will try to respect your wishes. However due to the detailed imaging of the 2D, 3D and 4D scan you may spot the gender of the baby despite our best endeavours not to show you. If you wish not to know the gender of the baby it would be better for you not to have the scan.

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17.) What packages do you have available and what is the cost?

Please visit our Packages and Fees page for details of available packages and costs.

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18.) How do I pay?

Payment for 2D, 3D and 4D baby scan be made by cash, credit/debit card. Cheques are not accepted.

19.) Should I still attend my Hospital scans?

Yes. Our 2D, 3D and 4D ultrasound scans should be regarded as additional scans and are not part of your routine antenatal care. It is important that you attend all your hospital appointments.

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20.) Can an Ultrasound scan detect everything?

Ultrasound does have its limitations. It cannot identify bone and air.

21.) What if an unexpected abnormality is found?

All Ultrasound scans should offer medical benefits and not be solely for aesthetic purposes. Our 2D, 3D and 4D scans are primarily intended to enhance parental bonding. There is increasing evidence of both psychological and other health benefits reported in various medical journals over the past few years. We believe that following 2D, 3D and 4D scanning the mother’s care of herself and therefore the care of her baby may improve. She may be more inclined to eat healthier, be more careful in her day-to-day activities and reduce her alcohol and tobacco intake.

Our 2D, 3D and 4D baby scans are not performed as a check for foetal abnormalities. If however, any abnormality is detected by the Sonographer, he/she will explain their findings as fully as possible to you. At your request the Sonographer will liase with your GP or maternity unit and a report will be sent to your health professionals.

22.) How long before I get my images?

All your products will be available to take away on the day. If however, we encounter any unexpected delays in the processing we will send out the images by post within 2 working days.

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23.) What kind of Ultrasound machine do you use?

We use the latest state of the art GE Voluson 730, 3D and 4D scanning equipment.

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