EmbryoScope Incubator Complements IVF Lab at Reproductive Associates of Delaware
Key goals of the EmbryoScope program include a 90% embryo implantation rate and healthier IVF pregnancies.
Newark, Del. (I-Newswire) August 27, 2013 - Described by Bloomberg News last week as the latest revolution in IVF treatments, the EmbryoScope time-lapse cinematography incubator will make its laboratory debut today at the IVF Center of Reproductive Associates of Delaware (RAD).
"With many other IVF centers around the world utilizing and researching this technology we believe it is the right time to offer this new advance for our patients undergoing IVF," stated senior embryologist and RAD's Lab Services Director Linda Morrison.
The EmbryoScope utilizes a sophisticated and noninvasive technique to frequently photograph a single embryo's development from unfertilized egg to the blastocyst stage over a 7 day period of time. The data from each embryo's cell division and appearance is further analyzed by image analysis software running on a state-of-the-art Mac Pro, which also creates a unique time-lapse video for each embryo.
"This technology strongly complements our commitment to single embryo transfer at the blastocyst stage," noted Dr. Ronald Feinberg, RAD's IVF Medical Director. "Based on data from other EmbryoScope users, we could theoretically improve our embryo implantation rate from 60% to 90% for embryos that have both normal chromosomes and cell development."
The average embryo implantation rate in the U.S. is currently just 36% for women under age 35, based on 2011 published national data from the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART). Several centers in the U.S., including RAD, have demonstrated that embryo implantation can be improved to 60% - even for women over 35 - if comprehensive chromosome testing is carried out in advance. This genetic testing technique is also called Pre-implantation Genetic Screening, or PGS.
RAD plans to correlate PGS results with EmbryoScope time-lapse data as a new approach for boosting IVF success with single embryo transfer.
"A 60% embryo implantation rate is about the highest reported right now with IVF, but we believe there is more key data we can learn about each embryo before uterine transfer," noted Dr. Feinberg. "Other IVF centers have reported a 50% improvement in pregnancy rates, so we are striving to achieve the 90% implantation benchmark. But any enhancement of implantation will provide safer, more cost-effective outcomes for our patients' family building goals."
The Center has 5 Board-certified reproductive endocrinology physicians on its staff, with daily patient services offered in Newark (on the main campus of Christiana Care), North Wilmington, and Dover. Working with Dr. Feinberg are Drs. Barbara McGuirk, George Kovalevsky, Adrienne Neithardt, and Emelia Bachman, who are also attending physicians and teaching faculty at Christiana Care. To learn more about Reproductive Associates of Delaware visit www.ivf-de.org
About Reproductive Associates of Delaware
Reproductive Associates of Delaware is a full service fertility practice with locations in Newark, W More..ilmington and Dover, Delaware. RAD's professional staff provides general infertility, miscarriage, and IVF care to thousands of patients each year and is widely considered a leading IVF and fertility care provider in the region.Less..
Reproductive Associates of Delaware
4735 Ogletown-Stanton Road MAP 2 Bldg Suite 3217
Phone : 302-602-8763
Published On:August 27, 2013
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