Embryo scope helping couples increase chance of having a baby - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Embryo scope helping couples increase chance of having a baby

About one in eight couples has trouble having a baby, but new state of the art technology at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston is helping improve the odds after in-vitro-fertilization. They're using an embryo monitoring system called the "embryo scope". 

"Normally we look at an embryo day 1 after fertilization and see did it fertilize, then we look again on day 3 to decide how the embryo is growing, and then again maybe on day 5. And so that's like 3 observations. The embryo scope takes a picture of each embryo every 10 minutes and so we get hundreds of pics of the embryo," says fertility specialist William Gibbons.

Dr. Gibbons also says along with the scope, they use specialized miniature incubators with fiber optics to provide the gentlest environment for that embryo monitoring every 10 minutes.  

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