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Q U E S T I O N S
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
Can I bring a friend or family members
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
Sneak a Peek’s ultrasound services are intended solely
for entertainment purposes and are not covered by the Medical
Services Plan of BC.