At GCRM-Belfast we can offer cutting edge time-lapse EmbryoScope+ monitoring as an addition to your treatment cycle.

What is time-lapse EmbryoScope+ monitoring?

The EmbryoScope+ is a special incubator that has a 15 built-in cameras, capable of taking pictures of your embryo several times an hour. These pictures are then combined to create a time-lapse video showing the embryo’s development right up to the blastocyst stage. These images are then analysed by our embryology team using specialised software to assess which embryos possess the highest implantation potential.

What are the advantages of culturing your embryos in the EmbryoScope+?

When embryos are developed in our laboratory in a standard culture incubator, they are typically removed from the incubator each day at fixed point, so we can assess their development. This means that we are removing the embryo from the optimal, controlled conditions of the incubator which introduces stress on the developing embryos due to small changes in the culture conditions. We may also miss important developmental events which occur outwith these observation times.

The EmbryoScope+ allows our embryology team to carry out these crucial assessments without removing any embryos from the incubator. This gives our team a highly detailed analysis of your 24/7 whilst keeping them in the optimal incubator conditions, enabling us to identify the embryos with the highest potential for pregnancy. We have been using time lapse in GCRM-Belfast since Jan 2014 and have seen an uplift of 10% in clinical pregnancy rates in those patients with greater than 3 fertilised eggs who opt to use this technology compared to those using standard culture.

How much does time-lapse EmbryoScope+ monitoring cost?

The cost to use the Embryscope+ as part of your IVF/ICSI cycle is £450. We have significantly reduced the cost of time-lapse at GCRM-Belfast to allow more patients to access this technology. Please note a £50.00 non-refundable deposit applies to cover the cost of the special Embryoscope+ dishes if you decide not to use the system on the day of fertilization.

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