A 3D scan is a still three dimensional image of your baby in the womb, and a 4D scan is a 3D image in motion (time between each image). This motion differentiates between a 3D and a 4D scan. Your scan will have both kinds of images. 3D images and / or video will be uploaded to the client area of our website if they are included within your package for you to download and keep for as long as you like.
We always try our hardest at every scan to get the best images for you. As you can imagine certain things are out of our control but we will work with you to try and get baby moving around. If we are unable to see any of babys face during your scan we will offer one complimentary rescan to try and get some better images for you.
If we are unable to see your babys gender during your scan and baby measures between 16-24 weeks (as stated in our guidelines), then we will offer a complimentary rescan to determine your babys gender.
We advise everyone when booking your appointment that you should arrive 10 minutes early. This ensures that your appointment is not cut short and allows everyone elses appointments to also run on time. If you are late, your appointment will be cut short and this will reduce your experience which we really would not like to do for such a precious moment. Depending on circumstances and at our discretion, we may offer another appointment time. There may be a 50% charge as this will be classed as a missed appointment. (This is at the managements discretion).
A 4D scan can be done at anytime in your pregnancy. For the best results we advise having your scan done between 26 and 30 weeks, though scans outside of this range can still give fantastic results.
Ultrasound technology has been researched extensively in hundreds of clinical studies since its inception (over 30 years ago) and no results have shown that ultrasound causes any harm to either mother or baby. To allow you to make an informed decision we have included some links from the British Medical Ultrasound Society which cover this off in more detail.
No. We invested a significant amount of money in our machine and probe to make sure that they are of a high standard. Our machine is a GE Voluson and is known throughout the ultrasound industry as being one of the best you can get. We regularly get comments from people saying that the image they see with us is the best and clearest they’ve seen.
Our scan packages are non-medical, non-diagnostic and non-screening scans. However, we will povide a verbal report on estimated size and weight. All mothers should attend their routine hospital scan(s). If a problem is detected by one of our sonographers, they do have a duty of care to discuss their findings with you in a sensitive manner. If necessary, and with your permission, they may contact your midwife or doctor so that a medical follow up can be made.
ALARA – ‘as low as reasonably achievable’ applies to duration of ultrasound scan
Yes, we will only see people over 18 years of age. 4D/HD ultrasound is a non-medical form of imaging which does not need to be requested by a doctor or midwife and it is purely for your enjoyment.
If you don’t want to know the sex of your baby then please tell us, the ultrasound scanner will base the majority of your scan around the facial features to try and prevent any clues being seen on the scan. We can not give any guarantees that baby won’t move and may show areas of the body that may suggest one sex or another.
Yes definitely. Precious Moments Baby Scans provide reassurance and bonding scans and we do not look for all the things that the midwife and NHS Sonographer need to see. Our service is purely to put your mind at rest and also a fun experience for you and your family to bond with baby or babies rather than a clinical check up.
This service DOESN’T include a detailed medical diagnostic and screening service for the pregnancy. However, we do check the baby to the best of our ability at this stage but with rising indemnity insurance costs we cannot now cover an anatomical check up. Our service is to help Mum, Dad and family to bond with baby or babies before they are born. We do have public liability insurance in place.
This is a very happy occasion and we know that hospital’s are strict on who can and can’t come in and see your baby. Our office can fit up to 6 people including Mum being scanned. We will ask that any children at the scan have an adult to look after them for health & safety reasons and to allow Mum to have an enjoyable experience.