EmbryoScope – Video Monitoring for Embryos

At CRGH, we are very proud of our clinical pregnancy rates. Over the years, we have worked hard to optimise our laboratory culture conditions, which subsequently minimises any detrimental effects of gamete/embryo handling and observations that can affect these rates.

The EmbryoScopeTM is used with the aim of increasing clinical pregnancy rates due to the uninterrupted culture environment. Our state of the art laboratory conditions provide an optimal environment for embryonic development. We therefore do not believe that the use of the EmbryoScope will increase your chance of a pregnancy.

However, due to the continual video monitoring of the embryos, we are able to observe some aberrations in embryo development that would otherwise not be noted when embryos are cultured in conventional incubation. In our experience, we believe the following groups of patients may benefit from the use of the EmbryoScopeTM :

  • Patients with repeated implantation failure:

-Identification of certain embryonic developmental patterns, such as direct or reverse cleavage, to gain more insight into the cause of the failed implantation and in order to determine future treatments

  • Patients using surgically-retrieved testicular sperm in their treatment cycle:

-Studies have shown alterations in dynamic cell division (morphokinetic events), which may not otherwise be detected by static observations can potentially improve embryo selection for transfer (Lammers et al., 2015; CRGH data)

  • Patients using frozen eggs (oocytes) in their treatment cycle:

-We have shown alterations in dynamic cell division (morphokinetic events), which may not otherwise be detected by static observations can potentially improve embryo selection for transfer (CRGH data)

Please discuss with your Consultant if you are interested in the use of the EmbryoScopeTM as part of your treatment cycle.

Whilst this monitoring technique is not evidence based, the clinic will only offer it when your consultant deems it appropriate for the treatment.