In Vitro Fertilization Treatment success lies in selecting the most appropriate embryos for embryo transfer.
The embryologist’s selection process is based on the morphological assessment of the embryo, based on international scientifically proven criteria. However, this quick look at the embryos in the microscope leads to their exposure to the ambient environment and inadequate information about their development. Despite, the fact that the duration that the embryos leave the incubator during their morphological observation is limited to the minimum, the ideal conditions of embryo culture are disrupted.
“Time Lapse Monitoring” Technology is widely used nowadays by IVF clinics around the world. A time lapse incubator contains an intergraded video system that allows the continuous digital imaging of the embryos. In this way, embryo culture can be assessed in a detailed and constant manner, since the fertilization day and until the time of the embryo transfer without the embryos leaving the incubator.
The goal of this new technology is to maintain the optimal conditions for the embryo. At the same time, time lapse incubators make it possible to record all the important stages of embryo development, such as pronuclei appearance (fertilized oocytes), cell divisions and morula and blastocyst formation. In addition, due to the continuous monitoring of embryos, embryologists can now rely on new morpho-kinetic data for embryo assessment to optimize selection of embryos that can lead to a successful pregnancy.
Evi Timotheou BcS, MSc,
Senior Clinical Embryologist, Lab Director
Tatiana Chartomatsidou BcS, MSc,
Jr. Clinical Embryologist