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Computer-automated, time-lapse embryo photography may increase success of IVF
Date:7/2/2014

tial indicators of health of the embryo such as the number and symmetry of cells, and degrees of cell fragmentation. Based on these assessments and following recommendations developed through observational and correlative studies, clinicians and their embryology colleagues then choose which embryo(s) to transfer to the womb. The time-lapse system used in the new study uses objective visual evidence and automated predictive algorithms to enhance this conventional approach.

"Improving our ability to predict which embryos are most likely to result in pregnancy has been an elusive but sorely needed advance in the field of assisted reproduction" said Christos Coutifaris, MD, PhD, chief of Reproductive Endocrinology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. "However, there is the potential for one more major breakthrough for this technology: By developing better, non-invasive, objective predictors of embryo quality, such as it appears to be the case with the Eeva system, we will be able to transfer fewer embryos into the womb, not only leading to higher viable pregnancy rates, but also minimizing the chances for the establishment of high risk multiple pregnancies such as twins and triplets. In the end, this may prove to be the most important contribution from the development of methods for the non-invasive evaluation of embryo quality."


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Contact: Katie Delach
katie.delach@uphs.upenn.edu
215-349-5964
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Source:Eurekalert

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