Time-lapse embryo Imaging

Time-lapse embryo Imaging

Time-lapse technology allows the whole sequence of the embryo´s development prior to transfer to be visualized.

This innovative technique enables future parents to observe the embryo’s first hours of life.
The embryo is observed from a distance, without having to remove it from the incubator at any time.
Several oocytes are fertilised to increase the chances of pregnancy.

A cell is formed with two pronuclei, one male and one female.

It divides into two cells, each with one nucleus.

They then divide into four cells.

Which divide into eight cells.

The cells divide again and are now termed a morula.
Due to its resemblance to a mulberry.

The cells continue to divide and compact, now amounting to 100 cells.

The cells shed their membrane, a process called hatching.

From this moment on, the embryo can no longer live outside its future mother’s body: it is time for the transfer.

Time-lapse embryo Imaging

The technique
Camaras within the incubator take a series of photos of the first hours of the embryo’s life.
In the future, this technique could improve the chances of pregnancy.

Time-lapse is innovative laboratory equipment that allows photographs of the embryo to be taken at any time, from the first hours of its development to the moment it is transferred to the uterus.

Thanks to this advanced technique, images of the embryo can be obtained and its development closely monitored, without altering the optimum conditions for its development. The photos are taken by a camera within the incubator, without having to open the incubator and disturb the embryo whenever we want to observe its morphology.

The embryo continues its fascinating development within a safe and comfortable environment, whilst we can observe these exciting moments from the outside. This process is carried out during the first days of the embryo’s life: once the oocyte is fertilised, it starts to divides into increasingly smaller cells, until it is transferred to the uterus. Despite the fact it has still not been proved that this tool improves the clinical results of an in vitro fertilisation, the use of Time-lapse in the future may help improve the chances of pregnancy.

At Eugin, we didn’t hesitate to make this technology available to our clients, being very clear about its current use and closely following the latest research into its potential benefits in the future.

Last Updated: January, 2016
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