Ultrasound FAQs

Women’s Health Care of Morgantown employs two sonographers who are certified through the American Registry of Diagnostic Sonography. We utilize high- resolution ultrasound equipment which includes 3D/4D capability.   There is a large monitor in the room so that you and your family members will get an optimum view of the images. You will also receive a few ultrasound images to take home.

How many ultrasounds do we get with our pregnancy?

In a normal singleton pregnancy, you will receive one routine ultrasound. This is done around 20 weeks. This exam is called a fetal survey or malformation screening. The baby is thoroughly checked to ensure that the baby’s anatomy is well formed. Many birth defects can be found through this ultrasound screening, however no ultrasound is 100% accurate. At this time, we are usually (but not always) able to tell the gender of the baby. Please inform the sonographer if you would like to know at that time. We are also willing to place the gender in an envelope if you are planning a “gender reveal” type party.

This is typically the only ultrasound allowed under most insurance plans unless there is a complication with the pregnancy or an underlying medical condition such as twin pregnancy, maternal hypertension or gestational diabetes.

How soon can we find out the sex of the baby?

We offer optional gender ultrasounds as early as 16 weeks. These must be scheduled and are not paid for by any insurance companies. The cost of this scan is $75. See Package Descriptions for details. If you choose not to schedule this ultrasound, our sonographers will do their best to determine gender at your 20 week fetal anatomy scan.

Can I have a 3D/4D “play” ultrasound?

We do offer elective 3D/4D ultrasounds for your enjoyment! The best time to schedule these is between 28 and 32 weeks when the babies begin to look like they will at birth. The cost of this ultrasound is $175. See Package Descriptions for details. Clear and perfect images are NOT guaranteed on the 4D ultrasound as it varies greatly based on the mother’s body habitus, location of placenta, amount of amniotic fluid and position of the baby.

What is the difference between 4D ultrasound and 3D ultrasound?

4D ultrasounds utilize 3D images; however the 4th dimension is time. This results in seeing your baby move in real time which we capture in a clip and place on your flash drive.

DISCLAIMER: These 3D/4D ultrasounds, as well as gender ultrasounds, are an elective, non-medical scan and are completely voluntary. These elective ultrasounds are NOT covered by any health insurances. This ultrasound is not intended to take the place of a diagnostic ultrasound or any tests recommended by your physician.

Do I need a full bladder for my obstetrical or gynecological ultrasound?

You are required to have a full bladder for any OB/GYN ultrasounds that we perform. If you are overly full and uncomfortable, the sonographer may allow you to empty after evaluating certain anatomical structures. If you are not pregnant and having a pelvic ultrasound, or in the first trimester of pregnancy, please be aware this MAY be a transvaginal ultrasound. If the sonographer or doctor chooses for you to have a transvaginal ultrasound, they will allow you to empty your bladder before the scan.

Can I still have an ultrasound while on my period?

An ultrasound while menstruating is completely normal and ok to perform. Sometimes the doctors prescribe them during this time.

Is a prenatal ultrasound safe?

Numerous studies to this date have shown no ill effects from sound waves utilized during an ultrasound. There is no radiation involved with ultrasounds.