The EmbryoScope is designed to capture more information about your embryos, so that we can identify those that have the most potential for success. Our scientists use a type of special incubator, a high-resolution time-lapse camera and a computer with software to monitor embryo development. This technology takes an image approximately every 7 minutes, allowing scientists to carefully monitor an embryo’s development whilst in the incubator. 

What’s the difference between standard culture and EmbryoScope?

When embryos are developed in our laboratory in a standard culture incubator, they are typically removed from the incubator around four or five times, so we can assess how they are growing and changing. This involves removing them from the incubator.

The EmbryoScope and its time-lapse video enable our scientists to carry out these crucial assessments without removing the embryos from the incubator.

Who is EmbryoScope suited for?

EmbryoScope is suitable for every patient, however, it’s more valuable for patients who have had previous failed cycles of IVF or ICSI.

What are the benefits of EmbryoScope?

  • The EmbryoScope allows more frequent imaging, therefore, more information about the crucial early developments
  • Anomalies can be shown in EmbryoScope that may not be visible during standard embryo culture
  • The images allow our scientists to collate and build up data relating to the precise timing of specific developmental milestones that we expect to see in good embryos, helping us to identify the embryos with the highest potential for pregnancy. You’ll receive a document of the key stages of development once we have identified which of your embryos is most suitable for transfer

What are the risks involved?

There are no extra risks involved in using Time-lapse imaging to monitor your embryos. However, it is important to realise that because the EmbryoScope gives our scientists such highly-detailed information, it may mean that the information gathered may suggest that there are fewer or no embryos suitable for transfer or freezing.

What is the number of embryos that can be developed in the EmbryoScope?

Your EmbryoScope slot has the capacity to culture up to 12 eggs or embryos.

When does Care Fertility collect the eggs for EmbyroScope?

If you have ICSI, your eggs are placed in the EmbryoScope after the ICSI procedure so actual fertilisation can be observed. If you have IVF, your embryos are placed in the EmbryoScope after they have been checked for fertilization the day after egg collection. This is because the cells surrounding your embryo have to be removed for the camera to have a clear view of its development.

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