The Embryscope – a new technology in the field of In Vitro fertilization (IVF) has been slowly picking up momentum. Dr Hrishikesh Pai and Dr Nandita Palshetkar, Gynaecologists & Infertility Experts attached to Lilavati and D Y Patil Hospitals in Mumbai talk about Embryoscope as a technique, its multiple benefits and the way forward.

The Embryoscope enables the specialist to monitor and film the entire process of fertilization inside the incubator without disturbances to the embryo culture. It is an advanced incubator that not only maintains the necessary conditions like the right temperature required for the embryo during the in- vitro process but also captures the images of the Embryonic development as it is equipped with a camera. The development can be seen for five days and after checking the pros and cons, only the best egg is transferred into the womb, thereby improving the overall success rate of pregnancy. Thus it has proven to be a revolutionary technique. The most challenging part of IVF is selecting the best embryo in order to ensure pregnancy. Currently embryologists need to remove the embryo from a standard incubator to check on the development of the embryo under the microscope at fixed time points over three to five days. However the Embryoscope overcomes the shortcomings of the current IVF protocols and eliminates the need to disturb the embryo culture to study it.

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