The embryos remain safely inside the incubator (Courtesy of Esco Medical)
The Danish firm Esco Medical announced that it has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration clearance for its Miri Time-Lapse embryo incubator. The unit makes it possible to watch embryos grow and develop throughout the entire culture process.
Esco Medical explained that in a standard in-vitro fertilization process, the fertilized eggs are grown into embryos in an incubator for three to five days before being implanted in the uterus. But embryos usually must be removed from the incubator to check their development under the microscope.
Then, they must be returned to the incubator as quickly as possible to avoid damage. This procedure can expose the embryos to an unsafe environment.
The Miri Time-Lapse is a multi-room incubator that lets scientists continuously monitor embryos using a built-in microscope and camera, which captures images of embryonic development until the day of transfer. The embryos remain safely inside the incubator throughout development. Examining the video permits the embryologist to see which embryo has developed normally. The device can incubate 84 embryos simultaneously in six separate compartments, each of which can be individually temperature controlled.
The fertilized eggs are grown into embryos in an incubator for three to five days (Courtesy of Esco Medical)