The Texas Children’s Pavillion for Women Family Fertility Center has a new IVF treatment available for prospective parents. The EmbryoScope, a new embryo monitoring system, has been available in other facilities for some years, but this is the first clinic in Houston to use the technology.
As revealed by Dr. William Gibbon, medical director at the Family Fertility Center, the EmbryoScope is able to take a picture of an embryo every ten minutes, which, compared to examining an embryo on day one after fertilization on day three and again on day five, represents a significant improvement over previous practices.
Dr. Gibbons also observed that the clinic now owns specialized miniature incubators using fibre optic technology, which provide real-time embryo monitoring in the most gentle environment. He also explained that the new process helps doctors choose the most suitable embryo to start a pregnancy.
Texas Children’s Pavillion for Women Family Fertility Center has also joined University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in an effort to develop a specialized fertility preservation programme for women facing cancer.