Time-lapse imaging – Revolution in Infertility Treatment

Time-lapse imaging – Revolution in Infertility Treatment


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Time-lapse imaging

It also known as time-lapse embryo monitoring, is a technique used in the field of assisted reproductive technology (ART) to assess the development and quality of embryos during in vitro fertilization (IVF). It involves capturing continuous images or videos of developing embryos at regular intervals without the need to remove them from the incubator. This provides a dynamic and detailed view of embryo development over time.

How time-lapse imaging usually works:

Incubation System:

The embryos are placed in a specialized incubation system that incorporates a microscope and camera. The system maintains optimal culture conditions, including temperature, humidity, and gas composition.

Image Acquisition:

The camera captures images or records videos of the embryos at pre-determined time intervals, typically every 5 to 20 minutes. The system may use different imaging modalities, such as bright-field or dark-field microscopy, to visualize the embryos.

Data Analysis:

The captured images or videos are analyzed using specialized software. The software can track the development of individual embryos, identify specific developmental milestones, and assess the morphogenetic (timing and patterns) of embryo division and growth.

Selection and Evaluation:

Time-lapse imaging provides additional information about embryo development compared to traditional methods. Embryologists can analyze the development and quality parameters of the embryos based on various criteria, such as the timing of cell divisions, synchronization of embryonic development, and morphological changes.


The time-lapse imaging data can aid in the selection of the most viable embryos for transfer or cryopreservation. Embryologists can assess the embryos’ developmental potential, selecting those that demonstrate normal and optimal growth patterns, as well as identifying any potential abnormalities or delays.

  • Benefits of time-lapse imaging in IVF include:
  • Continuous monitoring:
    The ability to observe embryo development in real-time provides a more comprehensive assessment of embryo quality and development potential.


    Time-lapse imaging allows for continuous monitoring without the need to disturb the embryos by removing them from the incubator.

    Enhanced embryo selection:

    The additional information provided by time-lapse imaging can assist embryologists in making more informed decisions about embryo selection, potentially improving pregnancy rates.

    It’s important to note that while time-lapse imaging can provide valuable information, it is not a guarantee of success. The ultimate viability and success of an embryo depend on various factors, including genetic health, chromosomal normality, and other individual factors.

    The use of time-lapse imaging may vary between fertility clinics and depends on their available technology and protocols. Consulting with a fertility specialist or embryologist can provide more specific information about the implementation of time-lapse imaging in your particular IVF treatment.