Queensland Fertility Group is proud to be the first IVF clinic in Queensland to use the innovative technology revolutionising embryo culture and selection – the Embryoscope.
The use of this technology is now offered in all of our clinics, and is included in every IVF or ISCI cycle at no additional charge.
What is an EmbryoScope?
The Embryoscope combines a state-of-the-art incubator, a high resolution time-lapse camera and a computer with specialised software to expertly monitor embryo development. This new technology takes an image approximately every 10 minutes, allowing scientists to carefully monitor an embryo’s development via the high resolution time-lapse camera whilst in the incubator. Clinical research has shown the Embryoscope system may improve reproductive outcomes for patients.
What are the benefits of using an EmbryoScope?
A more controlled environment
Traditionally, fertilised embryos are removed from an incubator once or twice a day and examined under a microscope to observe developmental progress. Embryos are known to have specific requirements with regards to temperature and pH which incubators provide during their time in culture, before they are transferred back into the woman. Using the built-in time-lapse photographic capabilities of the Embryoscope, scientists can now review the development of embryos at any point in time, without removing them from their incubator. Reduced handling and manipulation of the embryos may contribute to improved embryo viability.
Insights into embryo development
With the information obtained from the additional images taken by the time-lapse camera in the Embryoscope, scientists can identify optimal patterns of development or abnormalities in an embryo’s growth that may have previously gone undetected.
Identify the best embryo to transfer
Using the Embryoscope, we can track with greater precision the sequence and time at which cell division is taking place, both of which appear to have a bearing on the chance of achieving a successful pregnancy. We can obtain very accurate data on various developmental parameters, such as time to first cell division, and observe abnormal development like the direct division from one cell to three cells. This enables us to identify factors which may influence a decision to select or not select a particular embryo for transfer.
Access the latest IVF innovations
At Queensland Fertility Group, patients undergoing IVF or ICSI will have access to the use of EmbryoScope at no additional charge. This innovative technology is now considered a standard of care across all Queensland Fertility Group clinics.
Speak with your fertility specialist today to learn more.