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What is a 4D Scan?

A 4D scan is an ultrasound examination that allows you to see the face and features of your unborn baby moving in 3 dimensions and in colour. The 4th dimension is time, so you actually see your baby moving and are able to gain an incredible insight into your baby’s life in your womb.

3D is the still image of the moving 4D.

Are 4D Baby Scans safe?

The 4D scanning process employs the same ultrasound technology used in normal 2D pregnancy scanning. The difference is that powerful computing within the ultrasound machine enables the image of your baby be viewed in three dimensions.
Therefore 4D scanning is just as safe as the 2D process, when performed by qualified, trained staff. There are indices on our equipment that tell us the intensity of ultrasound used, and these are monitored during your examination, to keep them as low as possible, following the principle which true ultrasound professionals abide by - ALARA - as low as reasonably achievable.

Are good images and 4D viewing guaranteed?

The quality of the images and dvd are dependent on factors such as foetal position, gestational age, mother’s Body Mass Index and the amount of adipose tissue, also the amount of amniotic fluid surrounding baby. These are beyond our control. Please be assured however, that we will always endeavour to obtain the best results on the day, and where possible arrange to rescan you if progress cannot be made, and is appropriate. BabyCare Scanning cannot be held responsible for the images/dvd in any way whatsoever.

Do I need to be referred by my Doctor/Midwife/Obstetrician?

A Doctor/Midwife/Obstetrician referral isn't necessary for a 2D/4D Baby Scan. We accept self-referrals where you can book your own appointment with us. Reports can be passed on to your GP/Obstetrician or Midwife if required.

I don't want to know my baby's sex, can I still have a scan?

Yes, this is no problem. Simply make your wishes known before your scan. It may be necessary, that depending upon baby’s position, you will be asked to look away from the monitor, for a few seconds, if the scan moves to the region in question, in order to avoid the gender of the baby coming to light.

When is the best time to have my scan, and when should I book my appointment?

You can make your booking as far in advance as you would like. We can then arrange a suitable time for you to come along to which ever of our clinics suits you best. We have clinics in Inverurie and Elgin.
Our Saturday and evening appointments are very popular and do get booked up a few weeks in advance.
If you do not require gender determination as part of your 4D scan, it is usually best to have your 4D scan around 27-31 weeks time. This allows sufficient time for baby to have grown and filled out - baby will look similar to when he/she is born, and family features can also be identified.
We offer a sexing scan from 16 weeks.
We offer a dating scan from 10 weeks to accurately date your pregnancy in 2D (black and white).
To further discuss your needs or queries that are not covered here, please give us a call on
07446 006935 or email

Are there different types of appointments I can book?

Yes we have various scans both in 2D and 4D throughout pregnancy, to address your needs as they arise. Please see our BabyCare Scans page for all our services offered.

What happens if my baby is in a poor position?

Should your baby be in a poor position, and we are unable to obtain clear 4D images, we will first try various techniques to attempt to obtain the best image. If these are unsuccessful you may be asked to return our seating lounge and walk around in an effort to encourage your baby to move. If baby proves uncooperative, you may be scanned a few times during the remaining clinic opening hours. If there isn't spare time in the clinic schedule or if the clinic is closing, we will arrange for you to return another day, free of charge.

Can I bring family along?

Yes, of course you can. We, at BabyCare Scanning encourage fathers, siblings, grandparents etc, to come along and experience the wonderful world of your baby in the womb.
Our aim is for your time spent with us to be the best possible scanning experience for you and your family.
We can accommodate up to 4 family members, possibly more, depending on which clinic you choose to visit. Please enquire at time of booking.

Can I purchase extra DVD’s and CD’s for my family?

Yes. Please enquire and we will endeavour to meet your requirements.

I have a query not covered on this page.

Please give us a call on
07446 006 935.

Alternatively, please email

We will be happy to answer all your questions or queries.

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