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Ultrasound Specialist

Gwen Allen, M.D. -  - OB/GYN

Gardena Women's Center

Gwen Allen, M.D.

OB/GYN located in Gardena, CA

The excitement and anticipation of pregnancy is a unique experience. Dr. Gwen Allen, an experienced OB/GYN at the Gardena Women’s Center, offers women in the Gardena, California, and surrounding areas state-of-the-art 3D and 4D ultrasounds. The latest technology in ultrasounds not only makes it possible for Dr. Allen to monitor your baby’s health and development, but also allows you to “see” your baby before he or she is born. Call or schedule an appointment online.

Ultrasound Q & A

How do ultrasounds work?

Ultrasound imaging, or sonography, uses sound waves to produce images of what’s inside your body. Ultrasounds help doctors diagnose illnesses, assist with medical procedures, or monitor development during pregnancy.

In the early stages of pregnancy, an ultrasound can determine your baby’s due date and show whether you are having twins or multiples. In later stages of pregnancy, an ultrasound can indicate the sex of your baby.

Dr. Allen offers both 3D and 4D ultrasounds for expectant mothers so you can get the most vivid images of your baby before he or she is born.

What does a 3D ultrasound image show?

A 3D ultrasound image allows you to see your baby from several different angles. With traditional 2D ultrasound images, you may just see your baby’s profile from one side. When you have a 3D ultrasound, you’ll be able to see the surface of your baby’s whole face so it appears more photographic.

What does a 4D ultrasound image show?

The 4D ultrasound takes 3D imaging one step further. Like 3D ultrasounds the images you see with a 4D ultrasound are similar to a photograph. However, with a 4D ultrasound, you’ll also be able to see your baby’s movement, like a video. You can see your baby doing things in real time.

Often with 4D ultrasounds, moms and dads get to see their babies opening and closing their eyes, moving around, sucking their thumbs, all in real time. This technology has become increasingly popular as eager parents-to-be can’t wait to see what their baby looks like.

Are 3D and 4D ultrasounds safe?

When performed by trusted medical specialists like Dr. Allen and her team at Gardena Women’s Center, 3D and 4D ultrasounds are safe for you and your baby.

One of the many benefits of having Dr. Allen and her experienced team perform your 3D or 4D ultrasound is that in addition to seeing your baby, Dr. Allen can also interpret any medical concerns that may appear during the procedure. She will answer all your questions to give you peace of mind, or explain anything that may be a concern.

If you’d like to learn more about 3D or 4D ultrasounds during your pregnancy, Dr. Allen invites you to call or schedule a consultation online.