The Eeva™ Test was cleared by the FDA in June 2014 for use in the United States to aid in embryo selection. To date, thousands of IVF cycles in the US, Canada and Europe have included the Eeva Test.
The Eeva Test uses non-invasive time-lapse imaging to assess embryos early development – from Day 1 through Day 3. With a special camera-equipped microscope, imaging takes place within the incubator without disturbing the embryos.
The EevaTM Test is the first and only FDA-cleared test to help select the best embryos for transfer in an IVF cycle. A microscope equipped with a camera is placed inside an incubator to capture time-lapse images of the embryos’ development from Day 1 through Day 3.
Time lapse technology is a non-invasive way to judge embryos and their viability, explains Dr. Thomas Poole, embryologist and director of the assisted reproductive technology laboratory at Fertility Center of San Antonio.
Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) is a laboratory technique used with in vitro fertilizaton (IVF). The technique involves injecting a single living sperm directly into the center of woman's egg. "By using ICSI, we're doing everything we can to maximize the fertilization rate and embryo quality that develops," says Ed Marut, M.D., a fertility doctor and medical director of Fertility Centers of Illinois.
Time lapse imaging, a non-invasive technology, provides one more piece of information that helps judge an embryo's viability and helps choose the best embryo to transfer in a fresh IVF cycle, explains Dr. Thomas Poole, embryologist and director of the assisted reproductive technology laboratory at Fertility Center of San Antonio.
Here is a story of a patient of mine who had three healthy children and then suffered secondary infertility. She went to another local infertility clinic and failed five IVF procedures using her eggs and two egg donor IVF treatments. That made no sense to me.