Time lapse technology set to improve fertility service

The assisted reproduction team at the University Hospital of Hartlepool is using a leading edge photography technique to help couples with fertility problems.

The Primo Vision time lapse photography system helps fertility experts select the best embryos for implantation and increase the chance of pregnancy.

A woman’s eggs are collected and mixed with sperm then placed in a special incubator with a time lapse camera inside it. The developing embryos can remain undisturbed and monitored remotely on a computer. Because embryologists (the specialists who support fertility doctors) can see the embryos developing they can watch their development. During the very early stages when the cells are dividing, abnormalities occur in around 20 per cent of the embryos. The new system makes it much easier to spot these abnormalities.

Clinical lead for assisted reproduction Hany Mostafa said: “We’re delighted to have this facility because it is helping us select the very best embryos for implantation. This is excellent for our patients because it means there’s a greater likelihood the embryo will go on to a successful pregnancy.”

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