Time Lapse Imaging (Embryoscope)
The embryo-scope is an incubator with a built in microscope and camera that observes the embryos and takes pictures for each embryo every 10-20 minutes (Time Lapse Imaging). By reviewing these pictures and the video recording we can closely monitor the progress of the embryos to select the best ones to be replaced.
Benefits of the Embryoscope (Time Lapse Imaging):
- Normally the embryos are taken out from the incubator so that their progress may be checked daily. This might expose the embryos to suboptimal conditions particularly regarding temperature. Using the Embryoscope means that the embryos are checked undisturbed in the same optimal environment for 5 days.
- Normally only 5-6 images are taken of the embryos to assess their progress but by using the Embryoscope we can get over 5000 images and a video recording for an even more precise assessment of the embryos to choose from.
- A recent study showed a correlation between assessing the embryos via Time Lapse Imaging and chromosomal integrity of the embryos. Choosing the embryos of low risk chromosomal abnormality improved the pregnancy rate by 56%. However, this is a preliminary small study and the conclusion has to be confirmed in bigger prospective studies.