Timelapse IVF birth success

Scientists say an IVF technique which uses timelapse imaging could significantly increase the chances of a successful birth.

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'Significant development' for successful IVF treatment

IVF timelapse can allow more than 5,000 snapshots to be taken of developing embryo before it is transferred to the womb.

In the 35 years I have been in this field this is probably the most exciting and significant development that can be of value to all patients seeking IVF.

– Professor Simon Fishel, CARE Fertility Group

Timelapse imaging of the early development of human embryos offers the exciting potential of a novel and non-invasive way of selecting the embryo with the greatest chance of implantation outside the womb.

– Stuart Lavery, consultant gynaecologist, Hammersmith Hospital

IVF timelapse 'spots delays' in embryo development

  • The timelapse method can spot delays in the embryo's development at crucial stages
  • The condition, called aneuploidy, means the embryo can have extra or missing chromosomes
  • It is common in human embryos and a major cause of fertility treatment failure and miscarriage
  • Researchers say timelapse imaging offers a simpler alternative to spot problems

Timelapse IVF technique 'increases successful births'

An IVF technique which uses timelapse imaging could significantly increase the chances of a successful birth. Researchers used the method to select low risk embryos which looked unlikely to have abnormalities.

Chances of producing a successful live birth were increased by 56%
Chances of producing a successful live birth were increased by 56% Credit: Press Association

Initial results show the chances of producing a successful live birth increase by more than a half. Thousands of snapshots are examined to to help avoid miscarriages or birth defects.