A 3d/4d ultrasound is different from a 2d ultrasound in many ways. First, the 2d ultrasound “sees through” the baby layer by layer. This allows the technician to get a good look at the baby’s organs and determine if there are any health issues the baby may face. In this way, 2d ultrasounds are better. However, the picture received from a 2d ultrasound is usually unclear and the physical features of the baby are hard to spot. A 3d ultrasound takes images of the baby from three different angles, resulting in a 3-dimensional picture. This picture only shows the surface of the baby, which means the baby’s features can be seen much more clearly. The 4d part of this ultrasound is simply being able to watch the movement of the baby – this is usually recorded for the mother to take home. The ultrasound experience and the expectant mother’s guide have a wealth of information regarding 3d/4d ultrasounds if you wish to learn more.
Cost of ultrasound:
- A 3d/4d ultrasound can cost anywhere from $100 to $300. This price range depends mostly on how many features you wish to be included in your ultrasound experience. The more features you choose and the longer the session, the higher the cost will be. On average, plan on spending anywhere from $100 to $1,000. This will greatly depend on the ultrasound and the provider providing it. It will also depend if you have any sort of health insurance policy. Because a 3d/4d ultrasound
is elective, insurance companies generally do not cover the cost. 3d/4d ultrasounds do NOT replace the traditional diagnostic 2d ultrasound. If there is a problem detected at the routine 2d ultrasound, an additional ultrasound may be recommended. In this case, insurance will usually cover it. EHealthInsurance is a great marketplace to find insurance companies that can help cover the costs.
What is going to be included?
(Remember, choosing only a few of these options will keep you around the $100 mark, and choosing many will put you at about the $300 mark.)
- A certain number of 3d image prints from multiple angles will be yours to take home. A CD of all the pictures taken can be made for ease in printing and sharing the images with you family. A VHS or DVD can be made of the movement (the 4d portion) for you to keep. Many places offer a teddy bear that has a recording of your baby’s heart beat. Gender determination (or confirmation if you already know) can be included upon request. Theatre-style seating for up to 10 people to share the experience. The more prints included or the longer the 4d portion, the more expensive your experience will be. An ultrasound exposes the body to high-frequency sound waves that produce pictures inside of the body. Captured in real-time, you will be able to see the internal organs and blood flowing through the vessels. This test is very safe and is painless.