Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question? You may find your answer here, but if you don't, don't worry... get in touch with us and we'll be happy to set your mind at ease.

When can I come?

Whats the best time to come for a 3D/4D scan?

We only offer 3D/4D scans from 21 weeks, but we recommend coming between 26 - 30 weeks for the best images. The earlier you have your 3D/4D scan, the less 'chubby cheeks' baby will have. Unlike some other scan centres, we can scan later than 30 weeks, but after 30 weeks we can't guarantee pictures as the baby may be moving into position ready for birth, and it scan start to get a little more cramped inside the womb.

We can scan in 3D/4D earlier than 21 weeks, but baby isn't very developed at this stage. For safety, we do not offer 3D/4D scans earlier than 16 weeks.

When can you sex my baby?

At Your Baby Scan, we depend of visually confirming the fully developed genitals to be able to tell you the gender of your baby. This is from around 16 weeks, though for some babies it can be a week or two later. Some other scan centres use different methods, such as the 'nub theory' to determine the gender, which is based on the direction that the developing genitals are directing. We find that this is unreliable and as a result will only tell you when we can see the developed genitals.

How does the technology work?

Whats the difference between 2D, 3D and 4D?

2D is a two dimensional image of your baby. This is a black and white cross-section, the same as when you attend your normal NHS scan. A 2D is best for our sonographers to be able to see the internal bones and organs of your developing fetus/baby as it offers a clear view throughout the body. For this reason, we use 2D scans for our Early Reassurance, Dating and Presentation Scans.

3D is a three dimensional image of your baby, this means you can see depth - no, you don't need to wear special glasses. :) The external probe that we use omits sound waves in different directions and measure those sounds wave bouncing back, much in the same way sonar works. From this information, our machine builds up a 3D image of your baby. Our 3D scans typically take a look at your baby's cute button nose and tiny fingers.

The 4D image is the term given to the 3D image moving in real-time, so you may see baby waving, having a drink, or sometimes they are naughty and may be pulling their chord.

And HD?

HD is a high definition image of your baby, using an artificial light source the images of the baby are much better quality. Unlike some scan centres who charge a premium for this here at Your Baby Scan all 3D/4D scans will feature HD images

What machine do you use?

We currently use a Mindray DC8 which is the latest machine by Mindray. It is very similar to a GE Volusion E8

Is an ultrasound scan safe?

At the moment there is no evidence to suggest that 4D Bonding Scans are harmful, however, it is important that you have all of the facts about the risks associated with the procedure before coming to your decision on the matter.

In general, it's recommended for good measure to keep your scan times to a minimum, and that this is particularly during the early stages of pregnancy

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What will the scan be like?

Who can I bring to my scan?

Here at Your Baby Scan we want your experience to be the complete opposite to your NHS scan. We know that they only allow 2 people to your scans. We want you to be able to share your experience with your mum, dad, nan, gran, aunt and uncle and even your neighbour! We have a large scan room with seating for 8 people, but if people don’t mind standing then the more the merrier. We have a large TV screen on the wall so everyone can see.

Boy or Girl I want to know, can you tell me?

Sure our sonographer will do their best to be able to sex your baby, if they cant on your first visit we will bring you back free of charge for another try.

What if I don’t want to know the Gender?

Then this is fine too. Just make sure you let our sonographer know and she will try and stay away from this area

Do you charge more for twins or more babies?

No, although we would suggest a 30 minute appointment to ensure you get plenty of time to see all of your babies

Do I still need to have my NHS appointment?

YES! Our sonographer want to make sure you see your baby and don’t do any diagnostic checks. They don’t check for all the things that your midwife need to see and know so its best to still keep up with all of your NHS scans and appointments.

What if the sonographer does pick up on something?

We don’t check for these but if our sonographer does notice something unusual then with your permission we will refer you to your midwife or local hospital and our sonographer will provide you will a report and letter to take with you.

How can I get to you?

Do you have parking?

We do have 2 spaces infront of the shop for customer use, there is a local street parking available too.

Can I get to you via train or bus?

Yes you can. Our shop is across the road from Widnes train station, which runs on a Manchester – Liverpool line. There is also a bus stop outside the shop which runs St Helens to Widnes and one round the corner which is Liverpool to Widnes 61.

What happens if I’m late for my appointment?

If we can we will try and fit you in to accommodate you, we may have to re arrange for another day. We do ask that you try and let us know if you are going to be late or cant make your appointment. You may lose your deposit if you don’t let us know.