3D Ultrasound in Houston - 4D Ultrasound in Houston - Baby Steps 3D and
4D Ultrasound in Houston, Texas
Your Questions Answered
The questions listed below are the most frequently
asked about our limited diagnostic Prenatal
Ultrasound packages. Should you have any other
questions, please feel free to call us at (281)
999-0003 or send an email to
What is a limited diagnostic prenatal ultrasound?
We offer limited diagnostic live-motion 4D
ultrasound. The ultrasound used in this exam is not
performed to better assess the baby for
abnormalities. A routine diagnostic examination
should have already been performed to assess the
gestational age of the fetus and for screening of
genetic disorders and fetal anomalies.
Does this replace the ultrasound at my doctor's
ABSOLUTELY NOT! Women seeking a limited diagnostic
prenatal ultrasound with Baby Steps 3D and 4D
Ultrasound must already be receiving prenatal care
with a healthcare provider to confirm their due
date, screen for fetal anomalies, and to diagnose
any other pregnancy related issues.
We include a limited diagnostic scan to confirm the
gender, number of babies, baby's presentation,
placental location and measure the heart rate.
Please note, at no time is this exam to be used in
place of a complete diagnostic ultrasound.
Is it safe? Are there any risks to me, or my baby?
Extensive studies over 35 years have found that
ultrasound has not been shown to cause any maternal
or fetal harm. Routine diagnostic scanning of all
pregnancies is now a normal procedure. 3D/4D scans
use EXACTLY the same type and intensity of
ultrasonic waves as in conventional 2D scan.
The combination of increased data gathering
(listening) by the transducer and software
interpretation after data acquisition creates these
amazing 3D 4D images and not a higher intensity,
frequency or ‘power' output. Our guidelines dictate
the systems to be used in the Obstetric Application
Mode. This mode is capped by the manufacturer (GE)
below the FDA limits (94 milliwatts/cm2) for
exposure. In fact, the system takes simultaneous 2D
scans in saggital, coronal and transverse planes and
the software renders the 3D 4D images. It's that
We provide forms to mothers and physicians/midwives
with clear written statements of the services
offered at Baby Steps 3D and 4D Ultrasound. We
highly recommend that parents discuss with their
doctor about any safety concern on 3D 4D ultrasound.
Published studies on ultrasounds can be reviewed
below on Dr. Joseph Woo's world renowned website, a
highly respected source of information on
What kind of ultrasound equipment do you use to
perform the 3D 4D ultrasound?
We use the state-of-the-art technology – the GE
Voluson 730™. This GE system has been shown in TV
commercials and featured in many articles from
around the world. It is THE machine to perform 4D
live-motion ultrasound. Please note, many centers
claim to use "state-of-the-art" equipment, when in
fact they use older, inferior technology or do
software upgrades for 4D configuration. This
compromises the quality of images. Unquestionably,
it's the machine that makes the biggest difference
in 4D technology. So insist on a GE system.
Do I need an appointment for 3D sonogram?
Yes, appointments are necessary for all of our
services. For weekend and evening appointments, we
encourage you to schedule well in advance.
How long does the 3D 4D prenatal ultrasound session
Depending on the package you choose, the session
will last between 10 and 30 minutes. However, we
require 15 minutes for registration/eligibility and
15 minutes after the scan for printing pictures and
formatting the DVD/CD.
How far along should I be before I have a 4D
If you plan on having only one session, we recommend
having the exam performed between 24 and 34 weeks.
However, excellent images can be obtained from 18 to
38 weeks. For twins, we recommend scans before 30
Will I always get beautiful 3D pregnancy pictures?
In most cases you will. Sometimes if the baby's
position is face down, i.e., towards your spine, it
may be difficult to see the baby's face. In this
case, a complimentary rescan will be scheduled .
However, the scan images may not be similar to those
you saw elsewhere or even from our center. Every
baby scans differently, depending on the gestational
age, position, amount of fluid, placental location
and mother's body habitus. However, we promise to
make every effort to obtain the best images.
Can I bring family and friends for the 3D baby
Yes. In fact, we encourage you to invite family
(including siblings) and friends to attend. This is
a wonderful and educational experience that will
linger in your memories for a lifetime.
For those family members and friends who can't
accompany you to your ultrasound, we now offer our
exciting new Sonostream LIVE technology whereby they
can watch your ultrasound session live, in real-time
over the internet from the comfort of their home or
Click here to learn
more about Sonostream LIVE!
Can you determine the gender during 4D baby
Yes, in almost all cases we provide confirmation of
your baby's gender (only if requested). However, if
the baby is uncooperative during the session and we
are unable to confirm gender ID, we schedule a
complimentary repeat scan for a later date.
Does Insurance cover the 3D pregnancy ultrasound
At this point, insurance does not cover this as it's
a limited diagnostic procedure and is not intended
to be a replacement for your physician ordered
ultrasound. You will need to pay this as an out of
pocket expense. We accept cash, Visa, MasterCard
and debit cards.
How much does it cost to receive the 4D pregnancy
We have various packages to fit anyone's budget.
Please refer to the
section for our packages. We highly recommend that
you call us for price comparison as on an ongoing
basis, we have seasonal discount specials
Would you like an
Give us a call at (281) 999-0003
Baby Steps 3D Ultrasound and 4D Ultrasound is located in
Houston, Texas and proudly offers 3D and 4D ultrasounds in
Houston and surrounding communities of The Woodlands,
Kingwood and Humble. Please note that our 3D ultrasounds and
4D ultrasounds can only be performed on pregnant women who
are under the care of a physician. Baby Steps 3D and 4D
Ultrasound requires direct written authorization from a
healthcare provider prior to the performance of any