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Embryoscope Responsible for Another Live Birth
March 11, 2013
Editor's Note: This article has been updated on March 15, 2013
A technique for monitoring embryo development has been put into practice by 15 fertility clinics in the United States since it was first approved by the FDA in 2011. The first live birth resulting from IVF and Embryoscope culture was reported in 2012 by The Fertility Centers of New England and now the Cleveland Clinic has announced its first success: healthy twin girls born after utilizing the Embryoscope technology!
The EmbryoScope is an incubator with a built-in, high-resolution camera that monitors embryo development constantly from the time of fertilization to the time of transfer or freezing. The camera is capable of monitoring up to 72 embryos (12 embryos each for six different patients) at a time and capturing still shots every 20 minutes.
Cleveland Clinic and The Fertility Centers of New England are just two of 15 fertility clinics to utilize this technology which proudly yields a 54% success rate for in vitro fertilization (IVF) compared to the average 45% for couples not using the EmbryoScope. The Fertility Centers of New England was the first fertility clinic in the United States to research the Embryoscope and to use the Embryoscope in a clinical setting to help IVF patients achieve successful pregnancies. They have recently announced the first live births using donor egg and Embryoscope technology and the first ongoing pregnancy involving an egg freezing patient who had her eggs thawed and the embryos monitored via Embryoscope. The Cleveland Clinic, is quickly following suit to help their most challenging cases develop healthy embryos and successful pregnancy.
Traditional IVF monitoring involves embryologists checking on and reporting the development of embryos once per day. The EmbryoScope eliminates the risk that embryologists may have missed a small clue that would otherwise suggest that embryo is not the best available for transfer. One added bonus is that embryos are not at risk of being contaminated with any outside elements or suffering a temperature change vital for healthy development since they do not have to be removed from the incubator.
To schedule an appointment with a fertility doctor at Cleveland Clinic or The Fertility Centers of New England, contact Fertility Authority's Patient Care Coordinators at 1-855-955-BABY (2229) or by filling out the Contact Fertility Doctors Near Me form.
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