Simon Fishel, the managing director of CARE fertility, has said a new IVF technique could make a "significant difference" to a couples chances of a successful birth.
IVF timelapse can allow more than 5,000 snapshots to be taken of developing embryo before it is transferred to the womb.
– Professor Simon Fishel, CARE Fertility Group
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.
– Stuart Lavery, consultant gynaecologist, Hammersmith Hospital
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.
- 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
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.
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.