Embryo development monitoring – EmbryoScope

Artificial insemination methods involve an egg, and later an embryo, cultivated in a special incubator in a laboratory. We monitor embryo development carefully in order to choose the most viable embryos for transfer to the uterus. Our clinic has equipment with a camera that can take pictures of embryo development at 20-minute intervals. This footage is available to our laboratory staff for monitoring as well as online for clients themselves.

The images are placed in chronological order and played back by a computer program, creating a time-lapse sequence showing the embryo’s development from beginning to end. Our staff analyzes the sequence and the standard characteristics of the embryo and then chooses the best embryo(s) for transfer to the uterus based on all the information available.

Advantages of monitoring embryo development

Monitoring provides a major advantage in the form of a great deal of detailed, precise information about the embryo’s development, growth and any abnormalities in cell division. This means increased chances of successful treatment for patients who have not had success in the past, even though embryo quality was always assessed as good. Monitoring also allows our patients to monitor the development of their own embryos and see for themselves how things are going.

Monitoring increases trust for the procedures chosen and the doctors involved in the treatment. It offers clients emotional support, as they can see concrete proof of how their embryos are doing, instead of having to rely on the doctor’s words. Clients can see for themselves what is happening in the incubator.

Interpreting the precise meaning of what is happening on the monitor, however, is very difficult for a non-professional. Visible manifestations of the processes inside the eggs or embryos come in intervals of varying lengths lasting several hours, so the videos have long stretches where nothing seems to be happening and then many things all happening at once. In order to help clients make sense of all this, we offer telephone consultations with highly trained laboratory staff to go over what happens in general, but given the complicated nature of the embryo development process we cannot give detailed descriptions of everything happening on screen.

Monitoring involves no extra risk. The camera takes pictures of the embryos under infrared light in very short times (15 ms) and the assessment is performed indirectly using the images, so the embryo culture takes place under the same (optimal) conditions.

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