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What is ultrasound?
Fetal ultrasound uses sound vibrations to create images of the unborn baby in the womb. Very short bursts of sound are sent through the body in a series of focused beams. Echoes from the beams are converted into images that show the baby’s movement, surface features and internal organs.

What’s the difference between 2D and 3D/4D ultrasound?
The traditional, two-dimensional ultrasound offers a single, grainy, black and white snapshot of the unborn baby. Three-dimensional ultrasound technology provides a high-resolution, multidimentional, "life like" views that can be seen live like a video thanks to the 4D (real time) capabilities.

What machine do you use?
At Sneak a Peek Ultrasound in Kelowna, we use the GE Voluson 730 Expert. It is among the most advanced technology available and is the only one of its kind in the BC interior, offering incredibly high resolution images.

How safe is 3D/4D ultrasound?
Diagnostic ultrasound is considered one of the safest means for obtaining information about your unborn baby. It has been in use since the late 1950’s and, according to the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM), “No confirmed biological effects on patients or instrument operators caused by exposure at intensities typical of present diagnostic ultrasound instruments have ever been reported.”

Is there a preffered time in the pregnancy to undergo 3D/4D ultrasound?
The ideal time for viewing your baby via 3D/4D ultrasound is typically between 25 and 29 weeks of pregnancy, although women with larger body types can generally expect better results if they wait until 30 weeks. Twins are best viewed at 19 to 22 weeks into the pregnancy.
As with the mom’s size, the amount of fluid and the baby’s position in the womb all determine the clarity of the ultrasound images, we cannot guarantee the quality of the viewing session or captured pictures.

Do I need a full bladder to undergo a 3D/4D ultrasound scan?
3D/4D ultrasound requires no special preparation.

Can I skip my routine ultrasound if I’m planning to visit Sneak a Peek?
Unlike a routine, diagnostic prenatal ultrasound, which focuses on identifying abnormalities or concerns with the developing baby, our scan is designed purely for entertainment purposes. We recommend clients undergo their physician-recommended ultrasound before coming to see us.

What can I expect at my appointment?
A typical appointment lasts about 30 minutes and takes place in a comfortable, private room. Sneak a Peek’s fully registered and certified technicians are there to ensure you get the best view possible of your unborn child and experience what has been described as the most beautiful bonding experience ever.

Can I bring a friend or family members with me?
We encourage you to share this experience of a lifetime with your loved ones, but request each client bring a maximum of 5 guests due to space restrictions.
Please note, cameras and recording equipment are not permitted in our facility.

Is my scan covered by my health insurance plan?
Sneak a Peek’s ultrasound services are intended solely for entertainment purposes and are not covered by the Medical Services Plan of BC.

 

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