The embryo culture is a technique that consists of obtaining embryos able to implante in the uterus and develop properly. It is an extremely sensitive process. For the optimal embryo development it is key to provide conditions that are as similar as possible to the ones in the uterus. Therefore, it is necessary to adapt the environmental conditions of the laboratory: equip them with carbon filters, positive pressures, etc. But if something is crucial here, it is the quality of the embryo incubator.
Traditionally, the embriologists observed the embryos only once a day. For that, they had to take them out of the incubator and put them under the microscope. The embryo quality was evaluated with the information of this single moment. However, in the last years incubators have been developed with which practically no interuption of the microenvironment, in which the embryo develops, is needed. This is the case of Time Lapse GERI, a state-of-the-art embryo incubator.
At Fertility Clinic Tambre we count on the latest generation incubator GERI and a team of embryologists with experience and training in its use. The technology acquisition that allows us to obtain the best results for our patients is our priority. This mission has allowed us to position ourselves for more than 25 years as a pioneer and reference center for many assisted reproduction clinics.
Incubator GERI in Madrid
GERI has been a revolution for embryonic culture systems. It allows improving pregnancy and implantation rates: 20% more transferable embryos reducing the time and total cost of the treatment. The GERI incubator also incorporates the EEVA software, an embryo selection programme capable to predict which embryos are most likely to generate a pregnancy. This tool is based on parameters that have an important predictive value such as: age, cell number or morphokinetic parameters.
The embryos of each patient are stored in individual sections. These remain inside the incubator during the 5 or 6 days of the culture. Each camera has its own sensors that control the environment and incubation conditions in real time. Some of the factors that can be monitored in real time are: temperature, gas flow, CO2, light and humidity.
Microscope with high resolution camera
GERI allows embryos to be monitored 24 hours a day. It has six photography cameras (one per section) that capture images of the embryos in five-minute intervals (time lapse) and of eleven different perspectives. With these pictures it creates a film, so that the embryologists do not miss any detail of the development. This eliminates the need to take the embryos out of the incubator for assessment by subjecting them to changes of pH, osmolarity, temperature or light. That means 100% stable culture conditions are achieved. Professionals can take note of each phase in the development and select the best embryos to be transfered based on when they perform their cell division.