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How does fetal ultrasound work?

The probe of the ultrasound machine makes high frequency sound waves. Sound waves travel through your body and bounce or reflect off different tissues. The reflected waves return to the probe and the computer in the ultrasound machine analyzes the waves and builds an image.

Is ultrasound harmful to me or to my baby?

With millions of OB ultrasound scans worldwide there is no evidence that ultrasound is harmful.

Why are medical ultrasounds performed?

First Trimester: Confirm pregnancy, confirm heartbeat and rate, determine estimated due date. Second Trimester: Diagnose fetal malformation, potential down syndrome, confirm multiples pregnancy, verify dates and growth. Third Trimester:  Identify placenta location, check fetal growth.

Why is non-medical ultrasound performed?

Peeka-Boo! ultrasound services are for entertainment purposes only. 8-14 weeks provides early views to see the baby as a whole and listen to the heartbeat, 15-22 weeks obtain full body images and determine the gender of your baby - a great time to see baby kick and turn, 26-32 weeks see a well defined face.

What is the difference between 2d, 3d, 4d, 5d, 6d?

2d ultrasound is a procedure used during pregnancy to produce 2 dimensional images of what is happening inside of your body. 3d ultrasound produces images of your baby taken at different angles and positions to simulate three dimensions. 4d/5d/6d/7d is a marketing term used to describe different ultrasound machines.

How good are you in determining the gender of the fetus?

At 14 weeks we can determine the gender with as high as 99% accuracy. If you are over 14 weeks and the gender cannot be seen, we invite you back for a return appointment and we will rescan you for free. However accurate your exam may be, we cannot guarantee with 100% assurance the gender of your baby.

When is the best time to have 3d ultrasound done?

Many mom-to-be like coming in twice, early on, 14-22 weeks and then again at 25-35 weeks to see a more detailed face. Between 28 and 32 weeks, your baby develops more fat and gets a more defined face.

What will determine quality of 3d images?

We do not guarantee that you will be able to obtain the perfect image of your baby. Some of the reasons why we cannot achieve the perfect 3D image of your baby are: the probe is too far from the face, the placenta is in the way, the sound is absorbed by the amount of body tissue and image quality degrades.

Are family and friends welcome to join?

Yes! We encourage you to bring your friends and family to share this special moment with you. Children are also welcome. At our  locations our ultrasound room can comfortably seat 5 people, but more are welcome if they would like to stand and watch.

How can I pay?

We currently accept major credit/debit cards, interact transfer and cash.

Will my doctor be contacted about my Peeka-Boo! ultrasound?

We do not contact your doctor prior or after your scan since this is an elective procedure. We do require that you currently are under prenatal care and if you have any concerns, you should consult with your physician. Our ultrasound technicians cannot make any medical diagnosis by law.

What will I need for  ultrasound in the comfort of my home?

Home ultrasound is usually performed in your living room, sometimes bedroom. All you need is a sofa or comfy reclining chair and TV. We supply and deliver the rest.

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