Friday, February 1st, 2013

Modern technology has continued to give couples with fertility problems hope that they can become parents. EmbryoScope, the groundbreaking technology in this field, is now the next big deal after IVF and ICSI. So what is it?

EmbryoScope is a new and revolutionary incubator with a built-in camera that takes periodical pictures of the embryos as they grow. This gives us 4 advantages:

  1. It is no longer necessary to take the embryos out of the incubator in order to observe them, keeping them undisturbed at ideal temperature and moisture levels. This causes less stress for the embryo.
  2. The automated time-lapse imaging system captures a picture every 20 minutes, allowing us to observe the growth of each embryo in more detail from the moment of fertilization until maturity (blastocyst stage, usually 5 days). This allows us to choose the best embryos for transferring to the uterus.
  3. By selecting the best quality embryos we are actually increasing the chances of a successful pregnancy.
  4. It provides the couple with a recorded film of their future baby’s life

Fakih IVF is the first fertility center in the Middle East to obtain this technology that has completely changed the way embryos are selected.

Without this technology, the embryos are monitored once after fertilization and again on the day of embryo transfer, leaving out important details that can be used to choose the healthiest embryo. Now with EmbryoScope, we are supplied with imperative information as we monitor the growth of the embryo from day one, when it is just one cell, to a mature embryo that has divided into over 100 cells. The recorded video can be watched in around a minute.

Dr. Michael Fakih, Medical Director of Fakih IVF says “EmbryoScope is truly revolutionary. We are proud to have this technology which will contribute to the continuous improvements applied in our IVF treatments offered in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.”

Below is a snapshot of how the embryo develops over the first 5 days from one single cell to over 100 cells (blastocyst).