New research released from the University of Adelaide looks set to help women who undergo the normally gruelling process of IVF, by making it a more efficient and cost effective process.
The research, currently successfully tested on mice, is using the same technology that is used to diagnose cancer cells within patients by mathematically modeling the inside of the embryo.
According to lead researcher Dr. Hannah Brown, before now embryologists were met with very limited evidence that some times provided them with multiple embryos that looked identical on the surface.
Now with the ability to map the inside of an embryo, the embryologist is able to look beneath the surface at the structure of the cells without causing any damage to the egg and can see which one is most viable – that is giving it the best chance for a healthy and successful pregnancy.
Dr Hannah Brown says, “embryologists who have wanted to check for DNA damage in an embryo’s cells would need to remove a small piece of it to analyse. Using this technology, we can make the same checks using embryo “selflies” from cameras”
The aim is to make the process of IVF more successful for couples, and to help produce the healthiest pregnancy possible”, says Dr. Hannah Brown. Ultimately this should help reduce the amount of time and money couples have previously had to spend undergoing fertility treatment. A bonus to those who know how taxing and wearing the process of multiple IVF cycles can become.
This new process will be trailed by Adelaide IVF clinic – Fertility SA within the next few years to see if it is as effective for women and their embryo’s as it has been for mice.
We look forward to seeing this technology rolled out and helping couples build the families they dream of.
Watch Dr, Hannah Brown discuss her work