Time-lapse imaging (EmbryoScope)

Embryo development monitoring

HCA UK provides embryo development monitoring as part of its IVF treatment options.

About an EmbryoScope

An EmbryoScope™ is a procedure that is used as part of in vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment. It involves using a special incubator with a built-in camera to take pictures of your embryo every 10 minutes over two to five days. Your consultant will then put these images together in a time-lapse video in order to analyse its development.

Need to know

  • What happens during an embryo transfer procedure? icon plus

    Embryos usually develop in a standard culture incubator in our laboratory. During this time they will be removed from the incubator four or five times in order to have their condition assessed.

    By using time-lapse imaging (EmbryoScope), an image of your embryos is taken every 10 minutes.

    They are able to assess whether embryos have an abnormal number of chromosomes (aneuploidy) while keeping them in an optimum condition. This can help to improve an embryo’s chances of successfully implanting into the womb (uterus).

    During the transfer procedure the embryo is placed into your uterus using a small catheter, and it is quick and painless.
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    Time-lapse imaging (EmbryoScope) can be especially helpful to couples that have had cycles of IVF fail previously as it allows your consultant to identify any anomalies with embryos earlier on in their development and select embryos for implantation that have the highest potential for pregnancy.

    As time-lapse imaging (EmbryoScope) gives your consultant a higher level of detail about your embryo’s condition, it may result in having fewer or no embryos that are suitable for transfer or freezing. Your consultant will explain this in more detail and answer any questions you might have.
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    You can go home after the embryo transfer procedure. You don't need to stay in hospital overnight.

    After the embryo has been transferred, you can get back to your usual routine straight away. You’ll be required to take progesterone supplements and you’ll have a pregnancy test two weeks later. If you’re pregnant, you’ll need to keep taking these supplements until you are 12 weeks pregnant.

Our fertility consultants

We're proud to work with leading experts in fertility from The Lister Fertility Clinic, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.
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From complex gynaecology surgery to diagnostic tests and procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Contact the Lister Fertility Clinic

Any questions about fertiltiy or IVF? Get in touch and we'll be happy to help.

020 7881 2000
This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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