Time-lapse of embryo growth (Embryoscope)


In assisted fertilization routine the selection of embryos with the best potential for growth and development relies mainly on static observation of morphological criteria such as the number and size of the blastomers and percentage of fragmentation. However, this method does not allow identifying the subtle differences between one embryo and another as for example the time that the embryo employs between one division and the next.

The use of automated instruments that allow the continuous capture of images and the video reconstruction of the entire embryonic development cycle while providing an optimal culture environment has allowed us to reconcile the need to obtain more detailed information regarding the development of each individual embryo with the need not to expose it to less than optimal environmental conditions that could jeopardise its viability.

The possibility to carry out a dynamic assessment of the whole embryo development process, from fertilisation to the blastocyst stage, is helping us to identify new evaluation criteria that may be more predictive of an embryo’s development and implantation potential.