Is it safe? Will the baby or me be at risk?

The key to safety is the qualifications of the sonographers performing the exam. Not all 4D/HDLive facilities have Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographers. At Pink-A-Blue Ultrasound we hire only ARMDS registered sonographers, to ensure you and your unborn child the safest exam possible. Furthermore extensive studies over the past 30 years have found that ultrasound has not shown any harmful effects to mother or baby. 4D/HDLive ultrasound uses the exact same intensity as a normal 2D ultrasound. No ultrasound uses any type of radiation or harmful agents; the images are simply created with the use of sound waves.

Does this take the place of my Doctor’s ultrasound?

No! Absolutely not. Please remember that your Pink-A-Blue Ultrasound will be a completely elective, non-diagnostic exam, and should in no way be used in place of your physician’s diagnostic exam. A 4D Ultrasound should be considered both entertainment and a wonderful bonding experience.

With that being said, if anything abnormal is observed during your Pink-A-Blue, your OB/GYN will be notified. Our technicians goal is NOT to look for anything in particular other than getting you great images of your baby.

Do you have an OB/GYN on staff?

No, Pink-A-Blue does not have an OB/GYN on staff. We are an elective freestanding 4D facility. We are not located in a Dr’s office. Our environment is everything but clinical. We have been in business since 2007 and have observed abnormalities on many babies unfortunately. Our policy is to alert your personal OB/GYN immediately if we feel there is something of concern. By hiring medically trained technicians Pink-A-Blue is fully capable of performing an ultrasound without being overseen by a doctor. Furthermore, if any facility claims to have a physician on staff, I would question why, what is their purpose and where is this Dr located?! Is he/she is the 4D facility, is he/she in the same town for that matter? Does he/she actually look at every scan on a daily or even weekly basis? Will your OB/GYN be alerted if anything abnormal is observed?

Why is it important that the technician performing my 4D ultrasound be Medically Certified?

Good Question! First of all you need to understand that being Medically Certified means that the technician went to Diagnostic Medical Sonography school and has obtained a Certification allowing them to perform ultrasounds of any kind. In order to work in a Hospital or Doctor office an Ultrasound Technician must be have completed Sonography School. ALL of the ultrasound technicians at Pink-A-Blue have been to school for Ultrasound! This is extremely important because ultrasound school is where technicians learn the medical aspect of what they are doing, and allows them to diagnose problems when observed during your scan. While having a 4D Ultrasound should not be considered Diagnostic in nature, if something were to be noticeably wrong with your baby, you can rest assured Pink-A-Blue technicians have and will alert your OB/GYN of any problem they see! Some facilities have one Medically Certified technician on their staff so they can claim to have “experienced sonographers,” but they are not telling you the person doing your ultrasound may not be an ultrasound tech at all…they might not have ever been to school for ultrasound, or know anything about diagnostic ultrasound. This should be the most important thing to you when trying to decide where to have your 4D ultrasound preformed please ask when scheduling your appointment if ultrasound will be performed by a trained medical professional, or someone who learned on the job? Your OB/GYN is licensed, shouldn’t your sonographer be?

Who will be performing my ultrasound? What are their qualifications?

Your Pink-A-Blue will always be preformed by a medically trained ultrasound technician! Our full time tech CJ Jocham, is a RDMS sonographer in OB/GYN. CJ has a BS in Community Health from Florida State and a BS in Diagnostic Medical Sonography from the American College of Medical Careers. CJ underwent extensive training in 4D and Early Gender Determination under Lynn Hays of Sneak Peek Ultrasound in Lafayette, La and worked at Sneak Peek Ultrasound for 2 years prior to Pink-A-Blue.

Do I need to have a full bladder for my ultrasound? How long should I hold it?

Yes, we do require that all moms have a least a semi full bladder for their Pink-A-Blue. This helps hold the baby outside your pelvis, and makes it easier to visualize. It is best to empty your bladder NO LESS THAN 15 minutes prior to your Pink-A-Blue appointment time. (For example, if your Pink-A-Blue is at 2:00pm, then you can use the restroom at 1:45pm….but not any time after that) If you need to arrive 15 minutes early so you can empty your bladder, or stop somewhere on your way to empty. It’s always best to begin your ultrasound with a full bladder and the technician will let you empty it if she sees it’s necessary.

What if my baby is breech?

Breech position simply means that the baby’s head is positioned at the top of your uterus. If you know that your baby is breech prior to your Pink-A-Blue we do advise you reschedule you appointment a few weeks to allow more time for the baby to turn into the vertex or head down position. Good pictures can be obtained with breech babies but are much more likely if the baby is head down. However, some babies remain breech until very late in the pregnancy or never turn. If this is the case, you can still have a Pink-A-Blue and we should be able to get good images as long as you have plenty of amniotic fluid.