The EmbryoScope developed by Unisense FertiliTech recently won FDA clearance to monitor embryo development continuously for up to 5 days. The instrument features time-lapse image capturing that works without disturbances to the embryo culture. It automatically detects and monitors up to 72 embryos, with 6 patient slides and 12 embryos in each slide. A built-in gas incubator allows fast and accurate regulation of carbon dioxide and oxygen concentrations. A camera collects images of the embryos every 20 minutes at a resolution of 1280 × 1024 pixels.
The EmbryoScope helps IVF physicians to easily assess several parameters for embryo selection like the timing of first and subsequent cleavages, the synchrony of divisions and appearance of nuclei after division. It also detects multinucleation throughout the cell division progress.
Here is a link of a cool video showing early embryo development with time lapse pictures from an Embryoscope.
Dr. Karande is Board Certified in the specialty of Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as the subspecialty of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. He is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and Member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.