4D Scan (3D/4D “HD Live” Ultrasound Scans) (26-32 Weeks)

  • Always with a qualified, accredited sonographer.
  • Still ultrasound images and clips to share online, via YourBabyScan.
  • USB stick recording of your 3D/4D experience
  • Printed ultrasound images
  • New 'HD Live'

A 3D/4D ultrasound scan can be performed in order to see a preview of the baby from 26 to 32 weeks of pregnancy.

A 4D scan is a 3D scan with the added dimension of time – as in a film or video – so the baby can be seen to be moving. 4D scans are not usually needed for medical reasons.

If the baby has a rare malformation, a 3D or 4D scan could provide extra information for medical purposes, but this is rare.

Parents may want the scan if they are curious to see their baby's face. If you have a 3D or 4D scan, we always do a wellbeing scan first, before trying to view the face or other parts of the body in 4D. It may take some time to get a good view of the baby, so the scan could take 30-60 minutes.

If the baby is not in a favourable position you may be asked to go for a walk and return later. The best time to do a 4D scan is at 26-32 weeks of pregnancy when there is a greater volume of amniotic fluid but when the baby has not yet become too big. It is more difficult to see the face if the baby has its arms or legs in front of the face. The baby can be seen to be moving. Sometimes it is possible to record your baby yawning or stretching.

Clinic Locations


The Birth Company
Alderley Edge Medical Centre,
Talbot Road, Alderley Edge SK9 7HR

01625 70 40 80

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Nearest National Rail Station

Alderley Edge

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Mon 09:00 - 17:00
Tue 09:00 - 17:00
Wed 09:00 - 17:00
Thu 09:00 - 17:00
Fri 09:00 - 17:00

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