What is the EmbryoScope?
The Embryoscope is a state of the art incubator that provides an optimal and safe culture environment for embryo development.
What advantages does the EmbryoScope offer?
The embryos are tracked, minute-by-minute, from the moment they are placed in the EmbryoScope until embryo transfer without having to take the embryos out at an given moment thus avoiding possible loss of quality.
Our clinic is one of the first to have this cutting edge technology in Spain.The EmbryoScope maximizes the conditions of embryo culture maintaining oxygen pressure and CO2, temperature and pH which improves the capacity of the embryos to get to the blastocyst stage.
One of the great advantages of the EmbryoScope is that it takes pictures of the embryos every 5 minutes 24 hours a day, which permits us to see by video, embryo development. This gives us a a large amount of information like the moment of cellular division and embryo morphology (morphokinetic evaluation) and this permits us to select the embryo with the best chance of implantation and pregnancy rate.
Embryo culture in the EmbryoScope is indicated in all types of patients who undergo Assisted Reproduction treatments.
What is the difference between conventional incubators and the EmbryoScope?
Conventional incubators are closed devices and thus the embryo is only evaluated one time per day. This limits the diagnostic capacity of these images compares to the continuous sequence that the EmbryoScope gives us. Moreover, in a conventional incubator, the embryos has to be taken out to be able to see the embryo daily which generates changes in the culture conditions of the embryo. The EmbryoScope performs this procedure automatically thanks to its incorporated system that continuously captures images. In this way, culture conditions are more stable and more adequate for the embryo.
Embryo culture in the EmbryoScope permits an improvement in the number of embryos that get to blastocyst stage thanks to the improvement in culture conditions.
Blastocyst stage is nothing more than an embryo that gets to day 5 or day 6 of development and it is an advanced stage, which implies a high implantation rate for those embryos that get to this stage. At this moment the embryo has started cellular differentiation, developing two different types of cells and a central cavity full of liquid (blastocoel). Cells on the surface, around the cavity are called trophoblast and they are the cells that will become the placenta. The cells in the central zone are called inner cell mass and will later form the foetus.
The culture to the blastocyst stage helps select the best quality embryos with the highest potential for implantation. In this way, we significantly increase the possibilities of pregnancy. High quality embryos that develop to the blastocyst stage usually do not exceed 50% of those obtained.
The goal of Assisted Reproduction is to achieve a singleton pregnancy and the best method to do so is by transferring only one embryo at the blastocyst stage. The transfer of a single embryo is recommended more and more above all for those women who are older than 40 and use donated eggs for their treatment.
Thanks to the continuous investment in the latest technology, every stage of the treatment is performed at the clinic, which reduces the waiting times and increases the chances of pregnancy.
If the patient decides to interrupt the treatment, we commit to reimbursing the portion of the treatment that has yet to be completed.
The monitoring of the treatment is done in an efficient and secure way, maintaining patient privacy.