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Questions & Answers


Baby's facial features are the most clearly visible with 3D/4D/HD ultrasound starting around 24 weeks up to as late as 38 weeks.  It's fun to use one of our 2-visit packages to see how much baby's facial features have changed over several weeks.  For example, you could purchase our Platinum packages & schedule your first session at 26 weeks, then your second session at 32 weeks to see how much baby grows & changes over that 6 week period.  
Whether or not you've already had our DNA gender testing (at 9 weeks & up), we can always perform a gender check during any ultrasound session starting at 15 weeks. Gender checks are included with all of our ultrasound packages.
No, we do NOT require you to bring anything from your doctor. Keep in mind that our services are not diagnostic in nature so they never replace the prenatal care services you obtain from your doctor.
We use the same newer, safer high-end equipment that many world class specialists use, the GE Voluson e8 Expert and we have invested in specialized training exclusively for this high-definition 3D/4D technology above & beyond traditional sonography education. We never exceed 30 minutes of continuous scanning per FDA safe practices guidelines and our equipment does not expose mom or baby to radiation as, to quote the FDA, “ultrasound imaging (sonography) uses high-frequency sound waves to view inside the body. Unlike X-ray imaging, there is no radiation exposure associated with ultrasound imaging.” We regularly have our equipment maintained, inspected, and calibrated per the best safe practices guidelines that all ultrasound providers are advised to follow. We also take great care in keeping our equipment clean and sanitized. To learn more, visit: http://www3.gehealthcare.com/~/media/documents/us-global/education/education/product-education-technical/ultrasound/gehealthcare-education-catalog_ultrasound.pdf
Yes! We will see, listen to & even measure baby’s heartbeat to verify that it is within the normal fetal heartrate range. You’ll even have the opportunity to record baby’s heartbeat if you would like to do so. We feature the popular keepsake plush animals with baby's heartbeat recorded inside that can be added to any ultrasound package.
Yes, we encourage our clients to invite family and friends of ALL AGES. We have seating for about 8 guests & a large viewing screen. This is a joyous and wonderful experience, one that can be shared with your family and loved ones. We only ask that you don't bring in food or drinks to our studio please; save those for your afterparty! As you might guess, we have many pregnant clients who can't bear certain food smells during this special time. Also, our equipment is very sensitive, too.
It's a combination of personalized service & the newest BEST (high definition) equipment, actually. Since 2013 we have strived to give clients an amazing experience, from both customer service AND quality. We schedule all sessions a full hour apart so noone has to feel rushed & we use the newest technology available with our state of the art GE Voluson e8 Expert machine for all of our sessions. This is what makes 4D Sprouts ultrasound images so much different & better than the average 3D ultrasound. The GE Voluson e8 Expert is used by world class specialists & has been seen in GE television commercials and many printed articles from around the world. It is the new standard in ultrasound technology. This machine is the best 2D, 3D and 4D ultrasound machine available. Please note, many providers claim to use "state-of-the-art" equipment, when in fact they use older or inferior technology. You can really see the difference - just check out our image gallery for examples.
It's a combination of personalized service & the newest BEST (high definition) equipment, actually. Since 2013 we have strived to give clients an amazing experience, from both customer service AND quality. We schedule all sessions a full hour apart so noone has to feel rushed & we use the newest technology available with our state of the art GE Voluson e8 Expert machine for all of our sessions. This is what makes 4D Sprouts ultrasound images so much different & better than the average 3D ultrasound. The GE Voluson e8 Expert is used by world class specialists & has been seen in GE television commercials and many printed articles from around the world. It is the new standard in ultrasound technology. This machine is the best 2D, 3D and 4D ultrasound machine available. Please note, many providers claim to use "state-of-the-art" equipment, when in fact they use older or inferior technology. You can really see the difference - just check out our image gallery for examples. We are a private-pay facility and do not accept insurance. You may pay at check-in by cash or any major credit/debit card (Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express). Health Savings Cards typically get declined because we are not considered to be a medical/healthcare provider since our services are non-diagnostic in nature. Checks & money orders are not accepted.
They are stuffed animals with baby's heartbeat recorded inside. The 20 second heartbeat recording plays when you hug or squeeze them. They can be added to any ultrasound package, but are not sold alone. We can only record baby's heartbeat during the ultrasound session. The Diamond Package includes one free one! Add to any package with starting at $30. You can also add-on tutus or bowties or outfits for them to wear!
Avoid scheduling your ultrasound session on the same day as your glucose test. Otherwise, eat & drink normally. No full bladder needed, but we recommend that in the days and weeks leading up to your ultrasound session, you drink 100 ounces of water and non-caffeinated fluids per day, every day. Well hydrated moms experience the best quality, clearest 3D/4D images. Drinking a lot of fluids on just the day before or on the day of your ultrasound does NOT help with image clarity. It's important to be hydrated for several days prior to your ultrasound session. Of course, you should strive to be properly hydrated every day anyway!
Ultrasound images are obtained from the "bounceback" of sound waves so every baby scans differently, depending on its gestational age, position, amount of fluid, and mom's body type and hydration level. Factors such as scar tissue and/or a high BMI can present challenges in obtaining clear images. We recommend every mom drink 100oz daily fluids & avoid caffeine in the days and weeks leading up to the 3D/4D ultrasound appointment. We promise to make every effort to obtain the best possible images of whatever parts of the baby that can be seen. We always schedule each ultrasound client session a full hour apart to allow us time if we need it for mom to take a break, walk around, drink juice, etc. Sometimes it's just baby's positioning that prevents facial images; other times it could be the position of the placenta or a body tissue/scar tissue or high BMI issue. If baby's positioning is uncooperative during your session for any facial images at all, we have certain packages that allow for a "repeat session guarantee" including our Gold, Platinum, and Diamond packages that you may upgrade to for a second try. We always schedule those at least 1 week, but not more than 2 weeks after the original session. We advise moms to stay fully hydrated in the days and weeks leading up to the ultrasound session because hydration is key in obtaining the clearest images of baby.
This is what makes 4D Sprouts so much different than the average 3D ultrasound. We use the newest technology available with our state of the art GE Voluson e8 Expert machine for all of our sessions. The GE Voluson e8 Expert is used by world class specialists & has been seen in GE television commercials and many printed articles from around the world. It is the new standard in ultrasound technology. This machine is the best 2D, 3D and 4D ultrasound machine available. Please note, many providers claim to use "state-of-the-art" equipment, when in fact they use older or inferior technology. You can really see the difference - just check out our image gallery for examples.
Yes, we require you to schedule an appointment in advance. Walk-ins are not accepted. You may schedule your appointment online or call us if you prefer. Online scheduling is the best method and provides both email and text message confirmations and appointment reminders.
We offer ultrasound sessions by appointment only. Appointments may be scheduled online or by phone. Online scheduling is the best method and provides both email and text message confirmations and appointment reminders. Similar to reserving a hotel room, you'll need a card to reserve an appointment with 4D Sprouts (any Visa, Mastercard, American Express, or Discover credit, debit, or prepaid card). Nothing is charged to your card unless you fail to attend your appointment and/or provide less than 24 hours’ notice to cancel or reschedule; in that case a $100 non-refundable fee applies. When you arrive for your appointment you may choose to pay by a different method if you prefer, such as cash or a different card. Checks and insurance are not accepted. Again, nothing is charged to the card you use to reserve your appointment UNLESS you do one of the following: no show (fail to attend the appointment you scheduled with no notice), provide less than 24 hours’ notice to cancel or reschedule, or are more than 15 minutes late for your appointment.
Depending on the package you choose, the 4D ultrasound session will last between 15 and 30 minutes. Because it takes time to check-in, to get started, and to finish up, it's possible that you'll be at our studio for even up to 45 minutes or an hour.
The coolest thing ever! We just rolled this out in January 2018 after a successful pilot in 2017. It is NOT an ultrasound, but you can find out more here: http://www.4dsprouts.com/early-gender-reveal/sneak-peek/
What a blessing! We do not charge extra for twins. Best facial images of twins are obtained at 24-26 weeks because they aren't as crowded at this time and almost always we find that one twin will "steal the show" and take the spotlight over the other! So far we have not scanned triplets or higher multiples since we opened in 2013, but we are happy to try!
We opened in 2013 and are still in downtown Sarasota, although we moved our location a few years ago. We were adjacent to Whole Foods, but now we are on Main Street closer to the courthouse. Our address is 2170 Main Street, Suite 203, Sarasota, FL 34237. We have an elevator that will take you to the second floor. Also, street parking is right outside the door of our building and is free for the first 2 hours. You will only spend an hour or less with us so free parking for you & your guests! There's a municipal garage nearby, too, if the street parking is full.
Check our pricing page & facebook page for discount offers. We occasionally provide coupons through certain special events. To be fair to all our clients, we do not offer discounts or coupons beyond what is available to the general public.
We truly strive to obtain the best photos of your baby. We schedule all ultrasound sessions a full hour apart to allow us time if we need it for mom to take a break, walk around, drink juice, etc. Sometimes it's just baby's positioning that prevents facial images; other times it could be the position of the placenta or a body tissue/scar tissue or high BMI issue. We also advise moms to stay fully hydrated in the days and weeks leading up to the ultrasound session because hydration is key in obtaining the clearest images of baby. If baby's positioning is uncooperative during your session for any facial images at all, we have certain packages that allow for a "repeat session guarantee" including our Gold, Platinum, and Diamond packages that you may upgrade to for a second try. We always schedule those at least 1 week, but not more than 2 weeks after the original session and they are forfeited if you don't show up for your appointment, are more than 15 minutes late, or give less than 24 hours' notice of cancellation or rescheduling. We advise moms to stay fully hydrated in the days and weeks leading up to the ultrasound session because hydration is key in obtaining the clearest images of baby.
It's a combination of personalized service & the BEST equipment, actually. Since 2013 we have strived to give clients an amazing experience, from both customer service AND quality. We schedule all sessions a full hour apart so noone has to feel rushed & we use the newest technology available with our state of the art GE Voluson e8 Expert machine for all of our sessions. This is what makes 4D Sprouts ultrasound images so much different & better than the average 3D ultrasound. The GE Voluson e8 Expert is used by world class specialists & has been seen in GE television commercials and many printed articles from around the world. It is the new standard in ultrasound technology. This machine is the best 2D, 3D and 4D ultrasound machine available. Please note, many providers claim to use "state-of-the-art" equipment, when in fact they use older or inferior technology. You can really see the difference - just check out our image gallery for examples.
They are stuffed animals with baby's heartbeat recorded inside. The 20 second heartbeat recording plays when you hug or squeeze them. They can be added to any ultrasound package, but are not sold alone. We can only record baby's heartbeat during the ultrasound session. The Diamond Package includes one free one! Add to any package with starting at $30. You can also add-on tutus or bowties or outfits for them to wear!
It's a $15 upgrade to our Heartbeat Recording Plush Keepsakes that allows you to get the animal of your choice sealed up in the box wearing either a tutu or a bowtie. You won't know what it's wearing until you open the box up! It's perfect for those who want to keep baby's gender a surprise until a gender reveal party or special moment.
Yes and there's no extra charge! You can also upgrade to our $15 Gender Reveal Box to make the surprise even more special & fun.
Yes, you are more than welcome to bring your own device into our studio and use Skype or Facetime or any other apps for those distant friends & family members!
Up to 5 minutes early is good to plan for. It only takes about 5 minutes to get checked-in and pay for your session, then we'll get started pretty quickly.
Due to the nature of ultrasound services we do not offer refunds. If baby is uncooperative during your session for facial images we have certain packages that allow for a "repeat session guarantee" including our Gold, Platinum, and Diamond packages. Regarding our cancellation & scheduling policy: We offer ultrasound sessions by appointment only. Appointments may be scheduled online or by phone. Similar to reserving a hotel room, you'll need a card to reserve an appointment with 4D Sprouts (any Visa, Mastercard, American Express, or Discover credit, debit, or prepaid card). Nothing is charged to your card unless you fail to attend your appointment and/or provide less than 24 hours’ notice to cancel or reschedule; in that case a $100 non-refundable fee applies. When you arrive for your appointment you may choose to pay by a different method if you prefer, such as cash or a different card. Checks and insurance are not accepted.
We truly strive to obtain the best photos of your baby. We schedule all ultrasound sessions a full hour apart to allow us time if we need it for mom to take a break, walk around, drink juice, etc. Sometimes it's just baby's positioning that prevents facial images; other times it could be the position of the placenta or a body tissue/scar tissue or high BMI issue. We advise moms to stay fully hydrated in the days and weeks leading up to the ultrasound session because hydration is also key in obtaining the clearest images of baby. If baby's positioning is uncooperative during your session for any facial images at all, we have certain packages that allow for a "repeat session guarantee" including our Gold, Platinum, and Diamond packages that you may upgrade to for a second try. We always schedule those at least 1 week, but not more than 2 weeks after the original session & they are forfeited if you don't show up for your appointment, are more than 15 minutes late, or give less than 24 hours' notice of cancellation or rescheduling.