Receive the answer to all fetal ultrasound related questions, as shown by a woman holding an ultrasound by her stomach.


How does fetal ultrasound work?

The probe of the ultrasound machine makes high frequency sound waves. Sound waves travel through your body and bounce or reflect off different tissues. The reflected waves return to the probe and the computer in the ultrasound machine analyzes the waves and builds an image.

Is ultrasound harmful to me or to my baby?

With millions of OB ultrasound scans worldwide there is no evidence that ultrasound is harmful.

Why are medical ultrasounds performed?

First Trimester: Confirm pregnancy, confirm heartbeat and rate, determine estimated due date. Second Trimester: Diagnose fetal malformation, potential down syndrome, confirm multiples pregnancy, verify dates and growth. Third Trimester:  Identify placenta location, check fetal growth.

Why is non-medical ultrasound performed?

Peeka-Boo! ultrasound services are for entertainment purposes only. 8-14 weeks provides early views to see the baby as a whole and listen to the heartbeat, 15-22 weeks obtain full body images and determine the gender of your baby - a great time to see baby kick and turn, 26-32 weeks see a well defined face.


What is the difference between 2d, 3d, 4d, 5d, 6d?

2d ultrasound is a procedure used during pregnancy to produce 2 dimensional images of what is happening inside of your body. 3d ultrasound produces images of your baby taken at different angles and positions to simulate three dimensions. 4d/5d/6d/7d is a marketing term used to describe different ultrasound machines.

How good are you in determining the gender of the fetus?

At 14 weeks we can determine the gender with as high as 99% accuracy. If you are over 14 weeks and the gender cannot be seen, we invite you back for a return appointment and we will rescan you for free. However accurate your exam may be, we cannot guarantee with 100% assurance the gender of your baby.

When is the best time to have 3d ultrasound done?

Many mom-to-be like coming in twice, early on, 14-22 weeks and then again at 25-35 weeks to see a more detailed face. Between 28 and 32 weeks, your baby develops more fat and gets a more defined face.

What will determine quality of 3d images?

We do not guarantee that you will be able to obtain the perfect image of your baby. Some of the reasons why we cannot achieve the perfect 3D image of your baby are: the probe is too far from the face, the placenta is in the way, the sound is absorbed by the amount of body tissue and image quality degrades.

Receive the answer to all fetal ultrasound related questions, as shown by a woman holding an ultrasound by her stomach.

How can I be sure to get the best possible 3d images?

Most doctors recommend maintaining a healthy fluid intake, especially while you are pregnant. This will help to ensure your amniotic fluid is clear as well as full. There are many things out of the ultrasound technician’s control like the baby's position, the mother's skin type and build, amount of amniotic fluid, etc.

What if we are not able to get satisfactory images?

If we are unable to determine the gender of your baby or obtain 3D images at your scheduled appointment due to these factors mentioned above, you will be asked to reschedule and come back for a second appointment within the next 14 days.

How long is the ultrasound session?

Depending on the package that you select, your session will last between 10 to 30 minutes. It is best to arrive a few minutes early to fill out our paperwork.

What should I do prior to my appointment?

Drink plenty of water even several days before your appointment. About a half hour before your ultrasound session, try to drink a fruit juice or any sweet drink so that your baby will be awake during your session (unless you are told not to by your physician). Bring sweet drink with you to your appointment.

Are family and friends welcome to join?

Yes! We encourage you to bring your friends and family to share this special moment with you. Children are also welcome. At our Niagara location our ultrasound room can comfortably seat 6 people, but more are welcome if they would like to stand and watch.

How can I pay?

We currently accept major credit/debit cards, interact transfer and cash.

Will my doctor be contacted about my Peeka-Boo! ultrasound?

We do not contact your doctor prior or after your scan since this is an elective procedure. We do require that you currently are under prenatal care and if you have any concerns, you should consult with your physician. Our ultrasound technicians cannot make any medical diagnosis by law.

What will I need for  ultrasound in the comfort of my home?

Home ultrasound is usually performed in your living room, sometimes bedroom. All you need is a sofa or comfy reclining chair and TV. We supply and deliver the rest.