Advantages of using EmbryoScope+
1-Safe continuous monitoring
Keeping your embryos safe
In traditional IVF, the embryos will be kept in a strictly controlled environment in heated incubators.
At Cyprus IVF Centre, we use modern benchtop incubators to provide the best quality for the developing embryos. Each patient’s embryos have a different section in the incubator, and so when the embryos for one couple need to be checked, other patients’ embryos are not affected.
However, the majority of other IVF clinics use large old fashioned incubators where all of the embryos are kept in a single compartment. This means that every time a patient’s embryos are removed, all of the embryos in the incubator are exposed to environmental changes.
Let your embryos grow in an undisturbed environment
During IVF with natural incubation, the embryos have to be removed from the incubator on a daily basis to monitor their development, and morphological observations will be made at that time. Removal from the incubator results in humidity, air pressure and temperature changes which can be harmful to the embryo.
With time-lapse your embryos remain protected in the EmbryoScope+ incubator and stay undisturbed in their stable and warm environment for the entire culture duration. This is a massive advantage of using the Embryoscope incubator along with your IVF in Cyprus.
2. Access to cell division and developmental patterns
Observing features of early embryo development is essential for when IVF professionals evaluate the embryo’s potential to implant and become a successful pregnancy. A large number of new studies have shown that the cell division pattern of embryos is extremely important when determining which embryos have the best potential for successful implantation and development into a healthy pregnancy. Traditional evaluation is likely to miss more than 70% of embryos that have an abnormal number of nuclei, but with EmbryoScope+ your Team Miracle embryologist does not miss a thing.
There is an increasing body of evidence that proves that specific cell time points and events are particularly important for predicting further development potential. By assessing the state of the embryo at these certain time points, we can select the best embryos for the embryo transfer. It has been shown that embryos with specific division times and developmental patterns can have up to a 15% – 20% better chance of pregnancy.
These time points can only be recorded entirely if monitored by a time-lapse camera. Traditional routine observations under the microscope cannot show all of the time points since they vary from embryo to embryo. To catch the important development under a standard microscope, the embryo would have to spend more time out of the incubator than in it, and that is practically impossible if the embryo is going to survive.
3. Improved embryo selection for early embryo transfers
At Cyprus IVF Centre, we offer blastocyst transfer whenever possible. The reason for this is that blastocysts generally have a better chance of developing into a successful pregnancy when compared with day 3 embryos. However, in some situations, the embryos will not be strong enough to develop for 5 days in the laboratory, or there may not be enough embryos to take the risk of waiting for an extra 2 days before the transfer.
Without the EmbryoScope+ it’s not possible to determine which day 3 embryos have the best chance of continuing to grow.
With time-lapse videos gained from using EmbryoScope+, your Team Miracle embryologist has the best information possible about the entire embryo development history to decide which embryos to transfer or freeze for future use.
However, the EmbryoScope+ serves as an excellent tool for predicting the best embryos for transfer without the need to leave the embryos for extended periods in culture. The Team Miracle embryologists can view the time-lapse sequence of development to check if the embryo has divided symmetrically and at the relevant time points. If, for example, an embryo has developed slowly or divided from 2 to 5 cells instead of 2 to 4 cells then it will not be selected for the embryo transfer.
Advanced software support
EmbryoScope has software tools that help Team Miracle embryologists make the best choice. Information which has been gathered from thousands of IVF cycles performed worldwide can be used to identify development patterns which are most likely to have a successful result.
4. Predicting Chromosomal Abnormalities
The only guaranteed method for detecting chromosome abnormalities is pre-implantation genetic diagnosis which is a separate treatment offered by Team Miracle at Cyprus IVF Centre. Please see our PGD and gender selection pages for more information.
For patients who do not wish to undertake PGD treatment, the EmbryoScope+ could be beneficial. There is increasing evidence to suggest that the EmbryoScope+ can be used to help predict which embryos might be chromosomally abnormal. Chromosomally normal and abnormal embryos react differently and have variations in their division time and pattern. We can record this information with EmbryoScope+ time-lapse images and use the video of development to predict which embryos are more likely to be chromosomally normal.
5. Parents receive more information about their embryos
One of the most nerve-wracking parts of IVF treatment abroad, or indeed anywhere, is worrying about how your embryos are developing in the time between egg collection and embryo transfer. With traditional IVF, embryologists prefer not to remove the embryos from the incubators too often because it can affect their development. This means that you don’t get regular updates during the procedure.
With the EmbryoScope+ technology, you can get information regularly throughout your time in Cyprus which will make your Cyprus IVF treatment a much more relaxed experience.
Besides, we can provide you with a CD containing the images of your future babies to take home with you. It will be a very special addition to the family photo album!