What Is EmbryoScope? – Use in IVF

By BSc, MSc (embryologist) and BA, MA (fertility counselor).
Last Update: 05/28/2014

EmbryoScope is an incubator that uses the latest technology and allows to visualize the embryonic development uninterruptedly.

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What is it used for?

It is used in assisted reproduction treatments, such as IVF or ICSI. The fertilisation of the egg by spermatozoa is carried out in the laboratory. The culture of embryos is necessary; they are later set in a dish within the right agents inside the incubator. The incubators imitate the internal conditions of the uterus: the oxygen pressure, the carbon dioxide and the temperature (37ºC), until the embryo transference takes place.


What makes EmbryoScope truly revolutionary, inside the area of assisted reproduction, is the incorporation of a camera that takes pictures automatically every 15 minutes, which makes the extraction of the embryo by the embryologist unnecessary to check its quality and evolution.

With the use of EmbryoScope, the improvement in the embryo’s quality can be observed, since, during their development, it’s possible that some alteration takes place, which will later be corrected. With the traditional system, this alteration would go unnoticed, unless the embryologist extracts the embryo in that precise moment and takes a look at it. As everything stays recorded in the EmbryoScope, the embryo development can be observed at any moment.

Improving the success rate: due to the characteristics of the EmbryoScope, the best quality embryos can be selected to carry out the transference, and the culture conditions are more stable. Furthermore, it’s been proved that the embryo’s cellular division rates are an indicator of their quality. All these advantages translate in a better embryo’s implantation rate, which consequently increases the pregnancy rate.

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 Neus Ferrando Gilabert
Neus Ferrando Gilabert
BSc, MSc
Bachelor's Degree in Biology from the University of Valencia (UV). Postgraduate Course in Biotechnology of Human Assisted Reproduction from the Miguel Hernández University of Elche (UMH). Experience managing Embryology and Andrology Labs at Centro Médico Manzanera (Logroño, Spain). More information about Neus Ferrando Gilabert
Adapted into english by:
 Sandra Fernández
Sandra Fernández
Fertility Counselor
Bachelor of Arts in Translation and Interpreting (English, Spanish, Catalan, German) from the University of Valencia (UV) and Heriot-Watt University, Riccarton Campus (Edinburgh, UK). Postgraduate Course in Legal Translation from the University of Valencia. Specialist in Medical Translation, with several years of experience in the field of Assisted Reproduction. More information about Sandra Fernández

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