Advances in IVF technology

Time-lapse imaging and morphokinetic algorithms

ivf babyA Danish-developed machine that takes time-lapse images of embryos in the first five days of development is increasing live birth rates in IVF treatment. With the EmbryoScopes incubator scientists can view over 5000 images. In conventional IVF laboratories embryo development will be checked up to 6 times. Combined with specific morphokinetic algorithms (MAPS) – calculations about what the embryo should be doing at specific points in time – developmental delays are being spotted. These delays indicate chromosomal abnormalities (aneuploidy) which will not result in a successful pregnancy and are the single largest cause of IVF failure and miscarriage. With this technology the embryos with the highest chance of success can be identified.

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Isabella Potter & her parents: the first UK baby born from the embryoscope at CARE Manchester

Professor Simon Fishel, Managing Director of CARE Fertility Group, said, “In the 35 years I have been in this field this is probably the most exciting and significant development of value to all patients seeking IVF. It is non-invasive and the fact that it is highly predictive of successful outcome suggests that we have a paradigm shift in the way IVF will be conducted in the future.” Simon Fishel and Embryology Director Alison Campbell have been instrumental in introducing the incubators to the UK and CARE have seen a 56% increase in their live birth rates since.


CARE Fertility provide private and NHS treatment in their clinics across the UK.
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This article was printed in We Are Family magazine, issue 5. Spring 2014. Details may have changed - please do not rely on this information solely when making decisions - do your own research, make your own checks and get legal or health advice as appropriate.

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