In standard IVF the embryos are removed from the incubator every second day so embryologists can make sure they’re growing as they should be. The EmbryoScope™ is an IVF incubator with a built-in camera for automated imaging of the oocytes in a closed incubation environment from fertilization until the time of the embryo transfer. It is a system that is an incubator, a microscope with an integrated camera and advanced software at the same time.
The EmbryoScope™ time-lapse system provides superior image quality, thereby allowing the embryologist to visually follow the development of the embryos. In this way, the embryologist can distinguish and choose between normal developing embryos with good implantation potential and development patterns with a risk of implantation failure.
The system has been used in more than 50,000 treatments worldwide and has been reported to improve pregnancy rates and reduce the rate of miscarriage.
Today, more than 275 instruments are installed at IVF clinics worldwide.
The EmbryoScope™ can be used for all patients undergoing assisted reproduction treatment, although the chances of an improvement in the results are better for patients who generate more embryos because there is a better possibility for selection. This can has been shown by the statistics of our egg donation program in 2016. The EmbryoScope gave a 10% higher clinical pregancy rate and 10% higher balstocyst rate (good embryos) than the standard incubator.
The EmbryoScope™ is available at an additional fee. Cape Fertility has two EmbryoScopes and up to 12 patients can be accommodated at the same time. It can be booked via your IVF coordinator or doctor.