• Specialists in private baby ultrasound scans. Dating scans from 6 weeks, Gender scans from 16 weeks, 3D & 4D baby scans from 26 weeks & Fetal Assessment


Having been in the business for some time know you have many questions that you would like to ask. This is why we have put together a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

Feel free to get in touch with us if there is anything else you would like to know.

What is an Ultrasound?

An ultrasound scan, sometimes called a sonogram, is a procedure that uses high - frequency sound waves to create an image of part of the inside of the body.

An ultrasound scan can be used to monitor an unborn baby, diagnose a condition, or guide a surgeon during certain procedures.

What is a Baby Scan / Pregnancy Ultrasound?

A pregnancy Ultrasound is an imaging test that uses high frequency sound waves to create pictures of a baby in the womb, as well as the mother’s reproductive organs.

Along with a standard 2D Ultrasound, there are a number of different, more advanced, Ultrasounds including a 3D Ultrasound and a 4D Ultrasound.


What is a 2D Ultrasound?

This is "standard" or "conventional" Ultrasound scan which provides an image in two dimensions.  During these 2D scans you can see position of the baby and visible heartbeat. 2D scans are therefore still the most common form of Ultrasound. 2D Ultrasounds are used for Dating Scans as well as to determine the sex (gender) of your baby.

What is a 3D/4D Ultrasound?

A 3D Ultrasound follows the same procedure as a standard Ultrasound, but uses a special probe and software to create the 3D image. It also requires special training for the technician.


Unlike a traditional 2D Ultrasound, a 3D Ultrasound allows you to see the width, height and depth of the baby and sonographers and parents can also view baby’s hands, feet and face.  These images are also be recorded for parents to keep.


A 4D Ultrasound creates a moving video of the fetus. This creates a better image of the baby’s face and movements. A 4D Ultrasound is also better able to capture highlights and shadows. A 4D Ultrasound is done in a similar manner to other Ultrasounds, but with special equipment.

In short, What is the difference between 2D & 3D/4D Ultrasound?

2D is a black and white ultrasound. The picture shows no dimensions of the baby. 3D ultrasound captures a three-dimensional image of your baby. 3D is a still image, while 4D adds the element of motion so it looks like a video.

What is the best time during pregnancy for a 3D/4D ultrasound?

Many mothers like coming in twice – once early on (16-26 weeks) when they can see the baby as a whole, and once between 26-34 weeks to see a more detailed face. Every baby is different, and we obtain great images at all times!

Is Ultrasound Safe?

Extensive studies have found that ultrasound does not cause harm to the mother or the baby. Routine scanning of all pregnancies is now normal and in 3D/4D scanning, the same type of ultrasound waves is used.

What is a Dating Scan and from when can it be done?

A dating scan is an Ultrasound scan to determine how many weeks pregnant you are and your due date.


A dating scan might be recommended to confirm your due date if you are unsure of your last menstrual period or your date of conception. It is usually offered to pregnant women from 10 weeks to 13 weeks gestation, but can be carried out any time from 6 weeks.

When can I hear by baby's heartbeat?

The baby's heart starts to beat at around 6 weeks. You will be able to hear – and see – your baby's heart beat for the first time when you come for a Dating, Gender or 3D / 4D Scan.

How does the Online Booking System Work?

We are the only 3D/4D Scanning practice with a sophisticated online booking system allowing you to book your appointment online. Once booked you will receive an SMS and Email to confirm your booking. Once confirmed, your appointment will be scheduled. Closer to the appointment date you will receive an SMS reminding you of the appointment as well as directions to the facility where we will do the scan.

How good are you at determining the sex of the baby?

At 16 weeks, we can determine the gender with a very high accuracy. If you are further than 16 weeks and the gender cannot be determined, we invite you back for an appointment within 14 days for a complimentary rescan. The need for a return visit is usually due to the baby’s position.

Does this take the place of my routine diagnostic ultrasound?

That’s a common mistake. Elective prenatal ultrasound is purely for the joy of the family. It’s meant to create a bonding experience between parents and their baby. Mothers seeking an elective 3D/4D ultrasound must already be receiving prenatal care from a healthcare provider.

Can I Claim from my Medical Aid?

We do not deal directly with Medical Aids and payment has to be done on the day of the scan. We are not registered with any medical aid so we cannot provide you with an invoice to claim. Our Mitchells Plain practice do accept medical aids if arranged beforehand.

Will I always get a beautiful picture of my baby?

Depending on the baby, some sleep throughout the ultrasound or keep their face down while others are quite active. At times, you can see your little one touching his/her face, sucking his/her thumb, and smiling. Depending on the baby’s positon and gestational age, each image will vary. Our team makes every effort to obtain the best possible images of the parts of the baby that can be seen.

What should I wear?

We want our guests to feel comfortable what we find best and convenient is a two piece outfit.

Is there anything I should do before I get there? How do I get the best results?

Be sure to drink plenty of fluids and eat 30 minutes prior to your appointment. Best results are obtained when the baby is most active.

Please note that we have moved our Cape Gate practice to Brackenfell. We now have our own practice together with a midwife giving you the best experience we can.