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Improve your chances of IVF success with EmbryoScope – Advanced time-lapse imaging helps select the best embryos for IVF

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In the field of IVF, the biggest challenge is to select the embryo most likely to result in the birth of a healthy baby.

Improve your chances


Currently, embryologists must remove the embryo from the incubator to perform three or four brief evaluations of the developing embryo, at fixed time-points over three to five days, in order to assess embryo quality. The evaluation time allowed for these snap-shot evaluations is limited by the need to minimise the time embryos spend outside of the safe environment of the incubator and avoid stress to the embryo. The EmbryoScope time-lapse system has revolutionised embryo selections. It consists of a state-of-the-art embryo culture incubator, advanced EmbryoViewer software for improved embryo selection, and EmbryoSlide culture dish for safe embryo handling.

How does EmbryoScope work?

The EmbryoScope time-lapse system allows IVF professionals to monitor your embryos through the full course of their development. The specially designed EmbryoScope incubator with a built in camera and microscope takes an image of your embryos every fifteen minutes. As a result, time-lapse videos of individual embryos are generated over the two to six days they remain in the incubator while the embryos stay undisturbed in their stable culture environment. Advanced software allows the IVF professional to use the embryo development information to select the best embryos.

Cambridge IVF can choose the embryos with the highest chances of success

Observing features of early embryo development is important for evaluating an embryo’s further developmental potential. The information gained from using EmbryoScope ensures that the IVF professional has the best information possible to decide which embryos to transfer. This is a key factor for obtaining a healthy pregnancy. Additionally, a decision support tool is available which was developed using information about the characteristics of embryos which are known to result in pregnancy. This information is gathered from thousands of patient cycles performed worldwide.

Is EmbryoScope for me?

EmbryoScope has the potential to improve IVF success. Being able to select a single embryo with highest development potential allows for similar pregnancy rates as multiple transfers while lowering the risks associated with multiple pregnancy1,2. Moreover, selecting embryos using EmbryoScope image information has been reported to significantly reduce miscarriage rate as compared with standard methods3,4.

Your benefits as a patient

Performance data bar charts for percentage of clinical pregnancy.
Embryoscope performance data for January to December 2017 - Graph 1 shows percentage of clinical pregnancy via standard incubator: 25% positive pregnancy test, 9% clinical pregnancy, and via EmbryoScope: 49.1% positive pregnancy test, 43% clinical pregnancy. Graph 2 shows percentage of clinical pregnancy per age group: 52.6% <35, 39.2% 35-39, 37.7% >40
  • EmbryoScope supports better embryo development by providing an undisturbed culture environment4,5.
  • EmbryoScope is also good news also for women of advanced maternal age (>40) as improved pregnancy rates have been reported for patients of all ages3.
  • EmbryoScope supports improved IVF- treatment by providing IVF-professionals with a better basis for identifying the embryos with the best chance of resulting in a pregnancy.
  • EmbryoScope is the most widely adopted time-lapse system worldwide with documented improved clinical outcomes.

To find out more about EmbryoScope and how it can improve your IVF treatment please ask to speak to a member of the Cambridge IVF team. Additional product information about EmbryoScope can be found on the vitrolife website (opens in a new tab).


  1. McLernon et al. BMJ. 2010 (341): c6945.
  2. López-Regalado et al. Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol. 2014 (178): p. 192-8.
  3. Barrie, A., et al. Fertil Steril, 2013. 100(3): p. S248.
  4. Rubio, I., et al. Fertil Steril, 2014.
  5. Zhang, J.Q., et al. Reprod Biomed Online, 2010. 20(4): p. 510-5

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