Time-Lapse Technology

What is Time-Lapse Technology?

Time-Lapse is an advanced technology for embryo observation and monitoring. Incubators that incorporate this Time-Lapse technology have the double advantage of keeping embryos in individualised spaces and in more stable and safe culture conditions. In addition, we can perform a detailed and constant monitoring of embryo development, facilitating the selection of the best embryo to transfer. There is no need to daily extract the embryos from the incubator to observe them under the microscope as it’s traditionally done.

Time-Lapse technology is nowadays used in various fields and its integration in assisted reproduction has been one of the greatest advances of this field. It allows us to obtain more information about the development and quality of each embryo. We can then select those with greater potential for implantation, which means better success rates.

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Who is Time Lapse Technology for?

The use of Time-Lapse is indicated for any patient profile. At Vida Fertility Institute we recommend it in all treatments, since it has many advantages, especially in the following cases:

  • Treatments with Preimplantation Genetic Testing
  • Previous IVF cycles without viable blastocysts (Day 5-6 embryos)
  • Poor egg or sperm quality.
  • Previous implantation failure.

How does it work?

After the fertilisation in the laboratory, the obtained embryos are introduced into the Time-Lapse incubators where they will remain throughout their development. Thanks to the small HR cameras installed inside the incubators, our embryologists will observe the evolution of each one of them, without having to manipulate them or take them out of the incubators.

They get the complete picture of the embryo development, in terms of morpho-kinetic values (morphology and kinetics) of each embryo. With this information, we can evaluate their evolution during their in-vitro culture and select the best embryo for transfer.

Thanks to these individual cameras and the images they provide, since we do not need to open the incubator, we have very optimal culture conditions that mimic the conditions of the maternal uterus. The embryos do not suffer any additional stress and it has been proven that these conditions enable us to have more embryos reaching the blastocyst stage (Day 5-6 of embryo development).

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