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Azoury IVF Clinic was the first one to introduce the Embryoscope to the Middle East in 2013 and until now, it remains the only clinic who owns it in Lebanon. The Embryoscope provides the embryos with the best culture conditions and ensures a higher IVF success rate than regular incubators.
1. What is the Embryoscope?
The Embryoscope is an incubator equipped with a camera. It allows to film early embryo development during the 3 to 5 days that the embryo spends in the IVF lab. The Embryoscope has many advantages when compared to another incubator.
2. What are the advantages of the Embryoscope?
- Transparency and Credibility regarding IVF patients
One of the most important advantages of the Embryoscope is that it enhances the transparency of the IVF lab regarding the patient. In fact, the patient undergoing IVF can follow up what happened to each of its retrieved oocytes from A to Z. As we always aspire to establishing a trust relationship with our patients, they always have access to proof-based information regarding their retrieved samples.
In other terms, Azoury IVF Clinic patients who request the Embryoscope service can always access the videos of their embryos.
- Higher IVF pregnancy rate
More than 20 studies -comparing the Embryoscope to a conventional incubator- ensure it improves IVF pregnancy rates even though the percentage differs from a study to another ranging between 10 to 30%.
- Better culture conditions
When embryos are cultured in a conventional incubator, the embryologist has to take them out to check their development at least 3 times: At day 1 to check their fertilization, at day 3 to check their divisions and at day 5 to decide which embryo to transfer. Each time we check the embryos we take them out of the incubator to look at them under the microscope. Hence, we take them out of their optimal conditions: the embryos are shocked, their quality is reduced and the IVF pregnancy rate is lower.
Whereas when embryos are cultured in the Embryoscope, the embryologist can check on them every 10 minutes and have a record of their whole development without taking them out of the incubator, not even once. The embryos are therefore not disturbed, they develop better and are of better quality leading to a higher IVF pregnancy rate.
Now you could ask, since we are constantly filming the embryos, how come that the light does not hurt them? Especially that exposure to light has been shown to be harmful for embryo development. In fact, despite the constant filming, the embryo is less exposed to light in the Embryoscope when compared to a standard IVF treatment using the microscope light (Ottosen et al., 2007). Moreover, the light intensity is much lower than the light intensity in microscopes used in IVF labs and the total light dose to which the embryo is exposed is lower (Ottosen et al., 2007). In addition, Wavelength of the light is 635 nm and hence devoid of low wavelength light below 550 nm, which is harmful for embryos (Takaneka et al., 2007; Oh et al., 2007).
In conclusion, the embryos are less harmed in the Embryoscope, which contibutes in increasing IVF success rates.
- Better Embryo Selection
The Embryoscope allows a better embryo selection by ensuring multiple observations of the embryo using objective parameters of selection instead of basing the selection only on morphology.
In fact, some embryos look good but are very bad and are incapable to implant especially when they do errors while dividing. The Embryoscope allows to uncover some of these errors and to avoid transferring embryos that will not implant and hence, improves IVF success rates.