What is an Embryoscope™?
The Embryoscope is a state-of-the-art incubator that uses time lapse imagery to enable our embryologists to select the embryo that gives you the best chance of a pregnancy.
What does it do?
The Embryoscope provides the optimum conditions for a living embryo while it is in the IVF laboratory; these mimic the environment found naturally in your body.
The Embryoscope also makes it possible for the embryos to remain in the incubator environment and for their development to be continuously monitored without the need to remove them and examine them under a microscope each day, which is necessary with conventional incubators.
How does it work?
The specially designed Embryoscope incubator, with its built-in camera and microscope, takes an image of the embryos every ten minutes. As a result, time-lapse videos of individual embryos are generated while the embryos stay undisturbed in their stable culture environment. Advanced software allows the embryologist to use the embryo development information in order to select the best single embryo.
What difference does it make?
Studies have shown that:
- The Embryoscope has the potential to improve IVF success rates. Being able to select a single embryo with highest development potential allows for similar pregnancy rates as multiple transfers while lowering the risks associated with multiple pregnancy1,2
- Selecting embryos using Embryoscope image information has been reported to significantly reduce miscarriage rates compared with standard methods3,4
- Embryoscope supports better embryo development by providing an undisturbed culture environment4,5
Will it make a difference to my chances of conception?
Research is still being carried out to discover the extent to which the Embryoscope can improve success rates; however, we believe it may be a good option for patients who have had one or more failed cycles using a conventional incubator. Other patients can also choose to have their embryos cultured in the Embryoscope (although this does involve an additional cost).
If you would like to know more about the Embryoscope please contact us to find out more from a member of our team.
- McLernon et al. BMJ. 2010 (341): c6945.
- López-Regalado et al. Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol. 2014 (178): p. 192-8.
- Barrie, A., et al. Fertil Steril, 2013. 100(3): p. S248.
- Rubio, I., et al. Fertil Steril, 2014.
- Zhang, J.Q., et al. Reprod Biomed Online, 2010. 20(4): p. 510-5