Let's Make It Your Year - Week 4
We’re on the home stretch so let’s get into the nitty gritty of advanced fertility treatment options.
Whether you require simple or complex fertility treatment, our fertility specialists are in the best position to guide and support you. At IVFAustralia we invest significantly in research and development, with a particular focus on identifying the healthiest egg, sperm or embryo.
Let’s look at some of the advanced scientific techniques which could improve your chances of conceiving.
What to look for in a laboratory?
- Ivy AI performs a comprehensive three dimensional assessment of the growth of the embryos through all stages of development and then relates this data to whether a fetal heart has developed, or not.
- By objective analysis of the images, Ivy identifies the embryos with the greatest likelihood of developing as far as a fetal heart, by allocating each embryo an ‘embryoscore’.
- The embryo with the highest embryoscore, and therefore the highest potential for leading to a viable fetus, can then be selected for transfer, with the aim of accelerating the chance of a healthy baby.
- An EmbryoScope is an innovative time-lapse technology used to carefully monitor and analyse the development of embryos.
- It combines an incubator, high resolution camera and computer software to automatically take an image of an embryo up to every 7 minutes.
- Electronic ID Tracking is an electronic system called “Witness” which allocates the patients identity to each sample and digitally tracks every vessel containing the patient’s eggs, embryos and sperm to improve traceability.
- By using this technology, embryologists reduce the chance of error in human samples with the use of a system that monitors and digitally tracks every patient sample.
- The RI witness system is used to automatically identify and track tags attached to dishes or tubes containing patient’s eggs, embryos and sperm. The tags contain electronically stored patient information and monitors the movements of patient samples throughout the process.
- PGT is a scientific technique that can be used to test embryos for either a known genetic condition or chromosome variations.
- This enables only chromosomally healthy embryos or those unaffected by a specific disorder to be selected for transfer during an IVF cycle.
Chromosome Testing (CT)
- CT is a pre-implantation genetic testing technique that screens all 24 chromosomes in a developing embryo.
- This enables the selection of only the embryos with a healthy chromosome profile to transfer.
- DHM uses high resolution and high magnification digital enlargement technology to enlarge images of sperm, to observe their size and shape information, to select the most appropriate sperm to be injected into the egg.
- PolScope uses polarised light to study the genetic material in the egg and help identify which eggs may have a better chance of implanting.
- AH uses a laser to gently thin the outer shell of the egg, to allow the embryo to ‘hatch’ out of the shell more efficiently, resulting in easier implantation within the uterus.
In case you missed it last week: Week 3 of Let's Make it Your Year >>>>