E. John Serrão, MD, FACOG
Board Certified | OB/GYN
Call 407-834-BABY (2229) or 407-897-2230
Ultrasound, 3-D and 4-D

Enjoy the convenience of having your ultrasound in the same office as your doctor! We can usually schedule ultrasounds the same day as your visit. Ultrasound is also the preferred method of imaging the uterus and ovaries.  Dr. Serrão then has a chance to review the ultrasound images and report.

We offer early pregnancy ultrasound to help you identify the date of conception (and thus, your eventual due date) as well as nuchal translucency. Second trimester fetal scans and 3D/4D scans are also available in your early third trimester — these scans help our physicians determine if your baby is developing normally. A 3D scan is a great way to see your baby's face for the first time with still images. The 3D images we obtain are of photographic quality. You will be able to print them out, or email them online. The 4D “Live” video is absolutely amazing! This is something that no parents will ever forget. This is truly an experience that will last a lifetime.  Insurance does not cover the 3D/4D scans or the CD's, please call our office for pricing.

Our on-site ultrasound technician is an expert in all obstetrical and gynecological ultrasounds that we offer.

Frequently Asked Questions about 3D & 4D Ultrasounds

If any of your questions are not answered below, please call us at (407) 834-BABY.

Is it safe? Are there any risks to me or my baby? 
Extensive studies have found that Ultrasound has not been shown to cause any harm to mother or baby. Routine scanning of all pregnancies is now normal throughout the United States and overseas-- especially for high risk pregnancies. For 3D/4D scanning, exactly the same type of sound waves and intensity of Ultrasound is used as with conventional 2D scanning. 3D and 4D Ultrasound will be similar to a conventional scan in terms of exposure.

What is the difference between 3D and 4D? 
Third dimension (3D) is the picture and the Fourth dimension (4D) is movement.

How long does the 3D/4D Ultrasound take? 
Depending on the package you choose, your session will last about 15-30 minutes. Please plan on spending about an hour with us as we have to prepare your printed pictures, CD, and/or DVD. Also, we are sometimes running behind as the babies can be a bit stubborn. We know you will appreciate us taking our time for your session as well as the sessions before you.

How far along should I be before I have a 3D/4D Ultrasound? 
If you plan on having only one 3D/4D Ultrasound session, we would recommend coming in any time after the 27th week of the pregnancy. However, you are more than welcome to come in any time starting at your 16th week of pregnancy. If you were fuller-figured before pregnancy, you may want to come for your 3D/4D session later in the pregnancy, we recommend 30-34 weeks. If you are having TWINS, we recommend 26-30 weeks into your pregnancy.

How far along is too far along for an Ultrasound? 
You are never too far along for us. Well, unless you had your baby! Remember, great pictures are achieved by having good levels of amniotic fluid. The myths about baby being "too low" or "not having enough room" are just plain not true. We do 36+ weeks all the time. No matter your stage, we will try our hardest to provide the best pictures possible.

Will I always get a beautiful picture of my baby? 
Hopefully, but not always. Every baby scans differently, depending on its gestational age, position, amount of fluid, and mother's condition. We promise to make every effort to obtain the best possible images of whatever parts of the baby that can be seen. Unfortunately, we cannot make any guarantees that the images will be similar to those you might have seen elsewhere or even from our office, or that we can always meet everyone's expectations.

Can I do anything to help get a great picture/have a great session? 
You can help by staying hydrated. The clarity of the picture depends on the amount of amniotic fluid present around whatever we are looking at. By staying hydrated, you can help keep your amniotic fluid levels up. Please drink at least 64oz of water a day in the week leading up to your appointment. Also, if you notice baby gets active after eating/drinking anything in particular, please do that on your way to your appointment. If possible, try to schedule your appointment during a time when baby is most active.

Are you able to tell the gender of the baby? 
Yes. And we will not tell you the gender unless we are sure! You can come in any time after the 16th week of your pregnancy for gender determination.  If you want to keep the surprise, we will not tell you.

 

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