Embryoscope is an advanced type of incubator with time lapse system which allows the embryos to be observed from the time of fertilization till transfer into the uterus. In this the photographs of the dividing embryos are taken every 15 minutes, using a time lapse system , right from the beginning following fertilization by IVF/icsi till the formation of the Blastocyst.

This technology improves the success rate by monitoring the development of embryo and identifying the healthiest embryo with proper cleavage timings, which can be implanted in the womb. By using embryoscope to select the best embryo, we can achieve high pregnancy rate by replacing a single or at the most two embryos. This results in decrease in the incidence of multiple pregnancy rates without affecting the actual pregnancy rate.

We were the first IVF unit in Asia, to install this technology, in 2012. Very few units, worldwide, have got this costly machine. We have two of these machines, one in lilavati hospital Mumbai and another in fortis hospital gk2 New Delhi.

Step-by-Step Procedure of Embryoscope

Eggs retrived from the follicle were denuded by mechanical pipetting and ICSI done with best selected sperm.
The injected eggs were placed in pre equilibrated culture dishes under oil at 37 degrees and 5.5% co2 in air in time lapse incubator.
The embryoscope captures images of developing embryos every 10-15 mins.
On day 3 the formed embryos are graded by the system.
The best graded embryo is then transferred into the uterine cavity or frozen for transfer in future.

Common Questions

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Embryoscope is a specialized incubator with an inbuilt camera which allows tracking of the embryo development and cell divison without disturbing the environment and without removing the embryo out of the incubator.
Embryoscope gives us a time lapse of growth of the embryos as well as it gives grading to the day 3 embryos. This helps the infertility specialist to identify abnormalities and irregularities in the growing embryo thus helping in selecting good grade embryo.
a. In the traditional encubator the embryos have to be taken out for periodic assessment which can damage the quality of embryo.
b. Embryoscope helps to capture high quality images of the developing embryo at regular intervals.
c. Grading of the embryo by the embryoscope helps in selecting the most viable embryo for transfer.