What to look for in an Ultrasound Provider

Are you getting ready to schedule your 3D/4D ultrasound? Make sure you do your homework to find the best ultrasound provider in your area. 
 
Thanks to modern technology, parents have lots of options when it comes to viewing their future baby. Although all types of ultrasound use high-frequency sound waves that scan and “bounce” off of the abdomen and pelvic cavity to produce an image of the fetus, not all ultrasounds and ultrasound providers are alike. There are differences based on the type of equipment being used, the experience of the technician taking your scan, and in the facility. The following overview will help you find the ultrasound provider that’s right for you. 
 
3D vs. 4D ultrasound
 
To begin, it’s helpful to understand what 3D and 4D ultrasounds are and what the difference is between them. Both 3D and 4D ultrasounds utilize advanced technology to allow you to see more than images of your baby’s internal organs. This technology captures three-dimensional images of a baby in utero and gives parents the ability to see specific facial features and body part formation. A 4D ultrasound captures the same well-defined images as a 3D ultrasound, but the difference is that 4D ultrasounds capture images in motion, like a movie, because the fourth dimension is time. With a 4D ultrasound, you can watch your baby smile, stretch and even yawn.  
 
Trained Prenatal Sonographers 
 
To make sure that you are getting the best possible images, you’ll want to find out who will be taking your ultrasound scan before booking your appointment. Look for highly trained sonographers with experience in fetal ultrasound and ask if their technicians are registered with the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers.
 
Room for Family Members
 
Many people want to invite family members to share in the joy of meeting the baby for the first time or to be part of the the real-time gender reveal. If this is important to you, make sure that the ultrasound clinic you are considering welcomes family and has the space to comfortably accommodate your group.  
 
When family is far away, another way to include them in the session is through live streaming. Ultrasound providers utilizing BabyFlix can make it possible for you to schedule a live broadcast when you make your appointment. Your ultrasound session will be broadcast to a browser, mobile phone or even cast to a TV. BabyFlix saves the stream in your secure, online gallery for future viewing.
 
 
Easy Access to Your Imagery
 
The comfort of the facility, the quality of the ultrasound equipment, and the method of providing the imagery and videos to parents is all part of making sure you have the best possible 3D/4D ultrasound experience. Ultrasound providers utilizing BabyFlix’s proprietary software are able to provide patients easy, on-demand access to their prenatal imagery through BabyFlix’s free mobile APP and secure, cloud-based gallery. No more CD-roms, flash drives and DVDs that can get lost or sit in drawers collecting dust. With BabyFlix, your images are safely stored in the cloud and easy to view and share with family and friends.