Time Lapse Imaging (Embryoscope)

Time lapse imaging gives additional information to help our embryologists select the optimum embryo for transfer.

The embryoscope is an incubator designed to recreate the conditions needed to support an embryo in a laboratory setting. It has a built-in microscope and camera that observes the embryos and takes pictures of each embryo every 10-20 minutes (Time Lapse Imaging). By reviewing these pictures and the video recording, we are able to closely monitor the progress of the embryos – which allows us to select the strongest ones to be implanted.

Benefits of the Embryoscope (Time Lapse Imaging)

Usually in IVF/ICSI, the embryos are taken out from the incubator on a daily basis so that their progress can be checked. This might expose the embryos to suboptimal conditions, particularly in terms of temperature. However, using the Embryoscope means that the embryos are checked undisturbed in the same optimal environment for five days.

Normally five to six images are taken of the embryos to assess their progress – but with the Embryoscope we can capture 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 needs to be confirmed in bigger prospective studies.

Please note: HFEA view on Time Lapse Imaging

To book an appointment with a specialist fertility consultant or to find out if time lapse imaging (embryoscope) is a good option for you, call us now on 020 7224 1880.