The Embryoscope is a specialized incubator that safely takes pictures of embryos at ten-minute intervals without the need to take them out of the safe environment of their incubator. This technology, also known as timelapse imaging, allows us to see a video of a 5 day embryo (blastocyst) with all the details of development, giving the lab a very important tool in embryo selection for transfer.
Using this information to choose the most viable embryo(s) for transfer translates into higher success rates for IVF. This is due to the Embryoscope providing important information, such as timing of significant events in the development of the embryo.
Recent scientific literature has shown increases in success rates when this technology is used. In one randomized controlled trial, the ongoing pregnancy rate per embryo transfer was higher by 16.7% with the use of the Embryoscope when compared to regular incubators. This was due to “strictly controlled and stable incubation conditions, minimal handling and increased information of embryo development and use of quantitative parameters for selecting embryos”. (Rubio et al., Fert Steril 2014 Sept.)
Not only has the Embryoscope shown a significant increase in ongoing pregnancy rates and implantation rates, but it has also shown a significant decrease in early pregnancy loss in the group that participated in the randomized trial.
Above all, the Embryoscope is a very stable and safe incubator: it has the dual capability of taking images under very controlled conditions, and at the same time, posing no risk to the embryos. The light used for imaging is on a very dim wavelength, and exposes embryos to this light for only milliseconds.
Like all the equipment in the LifeQuest lab, the Embryoscope is connected to an alarm system that notifies us of any malfunction. All crucial equipment is also attached to a power back system so there is no disruption of service during power outages.
The Embryoscope has been registered and approved by Health Canada. LifeQuest is one of only a handful of labs in Canada to have this important technology available to our patients.
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We have exciting news to share. LifeQuest Centre for Reproductive Medicine & TCART Fertility
Partners have merged to form a new clinical practice named TRIO.
TRIO will be an industry leader in innovation and patient care. Our vision and practice is expressed in our simple mission
statement: "Advancing Reproductive Care".
The familiar team that has cared for you in the past will remain in place at TRIO but we have brought together a larger and broader
team with complementary skills and expertise.
Our combined offices and clinical facilities will be at 655 Bay Street, Toronto on the 11th and 18th floors.
For those of you who are visiting our satellite clinics, our locations remain the same.
TCART will move offices to TRIO on November 1st, 2015.
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