June baby for next generation IVF

Tags: pregnancy

The first baby conceived using a cutting-edge IVF technique will be born in Scotland next month.

Doctors at the Glasgow Centre for Reproductive Medicine (GCRM) used the next-generation of time-lapse imaging to select the embryo.

In traditional IVF, embryos are removed from the incubator once a day to be examined under the microscope for flaws or imperfections.

However, the new early embryo viability assessment (Eeva) uses time-lapse imaging to monitor embryos while they are being incubated, with computer software able to pick out those at lowest risk of defects.

The clinic's medical director Dr Marco Gaudoin said Eeva was "probably the most important development in IVF in the past five years".

Dr Gaudoin said the initial data from Eeva was "promising" but that there was not yet sufficient evidence yet to say for certain that the technique improved the chances of success for women undergoing IVF.

The test does not come cheap, with IVF patients required to pay an additional £850 on top of the standard £4,000 charge for IVF treatment.

Copyright Press Association 2013


Ask the expert

Got a question?
Our team of medical experts are ready to help.