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Some Frequently Asked Questions regarding 3D/4D Bonding Ultrasound Experiences:

Is ultrasound safe?

Why have a Bonding ultrasound?

What is 3 dimensional (3D) and 4 dimensional (4D) ultrasound?

Does 3D or 4D ultrasound expose my baby to more ultrasound than 2 dimensional ultrasound?

When in my pregnancy is the best time to have a bonding ultrasound?

What is the ALARA principle when referring to ultrasound?

Can my Bonding ultrasound be a substitute for my Medical Diagnostic ultrasounds?

What is the best equipment to perform 3D/4D ultrasound with?

Can I get some of my scan charges back from Medicare?

Do all your packages include gender determination and if we don't want to know the gender, can you hide it from view?

What happens if you can't get good pictures?

How long will I have to wait for my photos, CD, DVD and or Crystal?


Is ultrasound safe?

Yes. Ultrasound has been used in research and diagnostic Medicine for over 50 years without any recognized risks.

The safe energy exposure levels have been established for many years now and all recent equipment adhere to these levels.

It is critical for the scan to be conducted by a qualified, experienced sonographer to ensure that the equipment is being safely used and maintained.

Also this ensures that any potential developing problems with your pregnancy will be recognised and brought to your attention.


Why have a Bonding ultrasound?

First, a little bit about the events that preceded the discovery of Bonding Ultrasound.

Approximately 8-10 years ago, work was being done to enable surface rendering of ultrasound data and other diagnostic data such as CT and MRI.

This development of surface rendering has enabled the diagnostic practitioners to detect small ( hard to appreciate with 2 dimensional ultrasound ) abnormalities such as small cleft lips, club feet and some cardiac abnormalities.

This newfound technique had added in a small way to diagnostic Medical Ultrasound.

What soon became apparent to the more observant practitioners was the effect on the observers, particularly the parents. Suddenly a face was put to this little entity: it appeared to smile, it followed and reacted to voices of parents and siblings, it yawned and it's perception often changed significantly in the eyes of the parents.

Slowly researchers began to investigate this effect and realize the potential benefits of Bonding Ultrasound. (Pretorius et al, 2004, 2007, Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine; Ji et al, 2005 Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology).

Parents also reported feeling more reassured about the pregnancy. Mothers-to-be reported feeling more empowered and a better sense of "knowing" their baby.

The psycho-social benefits of bonding ultrasound are still being researched and discovered while gaining acceptance in many countries (see www.4d-ultrasounds.com.


What is 3 dimensional (3D) and 4 dimensional (4D) ultrasound?

3D is an ultrasound technique used to render a structure in 3 dimensions, whereas 4D is the same thing but adding the dimension of time or motion.


Does 3D or 4D ultrasound expose my baby to more ultrasound than 2 dimensional ultrasound?

No, in fact with less exposure the same amount of information can be obtained using 3D/4D.


When in my pregnancy is the best time to have a bonding ultrasound?

With our new technology, foetal reality imaging, we can get stunning images from 9 weeks onwards depending on maternal habitus (size), foetal position and the amount of amniotic fluid.

From 18 - 20 weeks there is a trade-off between less body and more face detail up until 29 - 30 weeks.

Around 27 - 30 weeks, the image quality is mostly influenced by the amount of amniotic fluid, placental position and bubs location.

The best images are acquired with normal or high normal amniotic fluid, posterior or fundal (high in the uterus) placenta and bubs head down.

Some clients with high normal amniotic fluid volumes can be scanned well into their mid and late 30 weeks and yield amazing images.

We do offer a free assessment scan for those over 34 weeks as up until that stage with a little luck and patience we can get reasonable images and sometimes very nice images


What is the ALARA principle when referring to ultrasound?

ALARA stands for As Low AS Reasonably Achievable which is the principle followed by most sonographers of not exposing the foetus to anymore sound energy than is reasonably needed to obtain the desired information. All our staff fully understand and follow this principle.

In the Diagnostic setting, scanning the the gender or examining Bubs face in 3D.4D without a medical reason is a violation of this principle.


Can my Bonding ultrasound be a substitute for my Medical Diagnostic ultrasounds?

No. You should always have the Medical Diagnostic ultrasounds as prescribed by the Medical caregiver managing your pregnancy.

The Medical ultrasound is mostly done for "medical" reasons to obtain important medical information, whereas the "Bonding" ultrasound has a different purpose and focus.


What is the best equipment to perform 3D/4D ultrasound with?

This can be a very confusing topic for the non-sonographer or non-biomedical engineer. We feel that as a general rule the release date of the equipment is a rough indicator.

Common sense would suggest that the machine that is the newest (most recent release date) would be superior to a machine released 10 -15 years ago. Competition between brands of equipment will always result in claims of one being better than the other. The following is a quote from a North American clinic that uses two competing brands of equipment.

"Do I need to know what type of ultrasound machine that you use?

Not really, we believe the skill of the technician as well as the factors mentioned above will determine the quality of your 3D 4D ultrasound images. We have two different brands of the latest models of ultrasound machines. We have GEís and we have Medisons. The Medisons are made by GE. The difference is like comparing between a Mercedes and a BMW, a Casio or Kodak, a Dell or a HP. They are the all high quality with slight variations. As with everything, ultrasound technicians have their preference based on their personal experience.î

That said we further feel that the real "proof of the pudding" is in the image quality of the site. Unfortunately some unethical providers can purchase nice images off the internet or are provided them within a franchise agreement. This can mislead the customers into thinking the images reflect the siteís actual image quality. That is why we guarantee that all the images and video clips in our gallery and blog are genuinely from our own equipment and sites."


Can I get some of my scan charges back from Medicare?

At this time the psychosocial benefits of "bonding" ultrasounds are not recognized by Medicare and therefore not rebateable.


Do all your packages include gender determination and if we don't want to know the gender, can you hide it from view?

Yes, all our packages include gender determination and we can and will avoid those areas for those who don't want to know.


What happens if you can't get good pictures?

In the rare instance that we cannot get reasonable images we always will offer free re-scans.

In some cases when clients are from a distance away we will try and give them an early appointment and leave some time at the end of the day just to be on the safe side and possibly prevent a long return trip.


How long will I have to wait for my photos, CD, DVD and or Crystal?

Your photo prints, CD and DVD will all be ready at the end of your session to immediately take home to share with friends and family.

Your custom crystal engraving will take 10 days for 2 dimensional crystals and 17 days for 3 dimensional crystals.

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Last updated 4/9/17