New IVF Technique Uses Images Of Embryos To Pick The Best One


By Charlotte Dean

A new IVF method that takes thousands of pictures of embryos to select the best eggs has increased the likelihood of a baby being born by 25 percent.

The developing embryos are photographed while in incubators every 10 to 20 minutes and then sent to a computer to rank the eggs using algorithms.

Research including 24,000 documented treatments led by leading fertility expert Professor Simon Fishel compared IVF babies born with and without the new technique.

Parents Paul and Paula Chapman were the first to use the new approach which successfully led to the birth of their daughter Jaycie, three.

The couple, from Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, had been unable to conceive for two years and went to the Nottingham-based Care Fertility group to seek help.

Mr. Chapman said: 'We could watch Jaycie's development from the very start of her life', the Express reports

The study found that embryos chosen for use by the time-lapse imaging process were more likely to have a successful birth.

This is compared to women who used donor eggs or their own eggs for IVF treatment without the new system.

Professor Fishel said: 'This is wonderful and the research demonstrates how this new technology will revolutionize the way we do IVF.

'This is the most exciting advance since I began work in this field 40 years ago.'

During the study researchers found that the speed, how the embryos divide and when can be deciding factors to a successful pregnancy.

Professor Fishel added: 'Previously we would have to take embryos out of their temperature controlled incubator and take a snapshot of it every 24 hours, potentially exposing them to damage.


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