Lab Technology & Techniques

IVF Michigan Fertility Center's state-of-the-art facility utilizes the latest technologies including an in-house embryo genetic testing laboratory allowing for embryo micromanipulation in addition to a lab for sperm processing. IVF Michigan Fertility Center is committed to fulfilling dreams of parenthood by delivering compassionate and personalized fertility treatments that are provided by a team of specialized medical experts equipped with the most advanced technology and innovative medical protocols.

Modern technology and medical advancements continue to give couples facing infertility a greater chance of success in fulfilling their dreams of parenthood. At IVF Michigan Fertility Center, we believe that investing in the latest medical advancement and employing highly skilled staff are essential to providing quality health care service. Our Embryologists are highly skilled and equipped with the the newest technology. With over 60 years of collective experience and locations in Bloomfield Hills, Ann Arbor, Dearborn, Saginaw and Toledo, OH, the physicians of IVF Michigan Fertility Center are available to help couples throughout the Midwest and abroad.

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EmbryoScope is a new and revolutionary incubator with a built-in camera that takes periodical pictures of embryos as they grow. Previously, embryos were monitored once at fertilization and again on the day of embryo transfer, leaving out important details on the growth pattern of the embryo.

What are the advantages of EmbryoScope?

  1. Embryos remain undisturbed at ideal temperature and moisture levels, reducing stress for the embryo in its earliest days of growth.
  2. The automated time-lapse imaging system captures a picture every 20 minutes, providing embryologists with more detail about the growth progress of the embryo. This information is pivotal for the embryologists in identifying the best embryos for transferring to the uterus.
  3. Enhanced selection of embryos improves the rate of successful pregnancy.

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Assisted Hatching

In order to successfully implant into the uterine lining, an embryo has to hatch out of its own shell, called the zona pellucida, and attach to the endometrial lining. Embryos with a thin shell have a higher rate of implantation because they can more easily shed their shell. IVF Michigan Fertility Center's Embryology Lab is equipped with precision lasers designed to assist the hatching of embryos before embryo transfer.

Who may benefit from Assisted Hatching? 

Assisted hatching has shown to be beneficial for couples that produce embryos with a thick or hard shell, who had embryo transfers in the past without success and for older women, where embryos may lack sufficient energy to complete the hatching process on their own.

Blastocyst Transfer

After egg collection, fertilized eggs are cultured in a special culture medium. During this time, embryologists monitor the growth of each embryo to assess its viability. The strongest and most viable embryos will continue to grow through Day 5 to form a Blastocyst. The weaker embryos, though may have appeared to have a strong growth pattern on Day 3, may slow and stop growing by Day 5. If there are fewer embryos on Day 3, we may choose to transfer the embryos to the woman's uterus on Day 3 as the uterus is the best incubator for the embryos.  Otherwise, day 5 transfers are performed routinely.

What are the advantages of Blastocyst, or Day 5, Transfer? 

Blastocyst Transfer is most advantageous for couples with a large number of embryos. Allowing the embryos to grow through Day 5 allows for the highest quality of embryo to be selected for transfer while reducing the rate of multiple pregnancies as fewer embryos of higher quality will be transferred.

To learn more about the technologies or techniques described above or to discuss your personal history,  book an appointment or email our doctors today.