Finn Hald, former Medical Chief of the Fertility Clinic at Horsens Hospital in Denmark for 17 years, now a consultant, uses EmbryoScope Counseling App in his consultations with patients.
“With the EmbryoScope Counseling App I can explain to the patients what actually goes on behind those closed doors of the laboratory,” Finn says, “It’s like the “brave new world” to them – and it actually also is for us.”
Before the EmbryoScope time-lapse system was introduced at the fertility clinic in Horsens, the laboratory used standard setup with brief daily assessments of the developing embryo under the microscope. This meant that their knowledge about embryo development the first 2-3 days was limited to one and a half minute in total:
“If the book that describes embryo development has 100 pages, only 10 of the pages have text. Everything in between we didn’t know about, what happens in the afternoon, what happens during the night,” Finn says and states, “But with time-lapse imaging of the embryos, we are starting to fill the remaining pages with text. That is truly unique and epoch-making.”
With EmbryoScope time-lapse system, Finn and his fellow colleagues as well as the entire IVF community have thus gained a great deal more knowledge about embryo development. In particular about morphokinetics, which Finn can also communicate to his patients with EmbryoScope Counseling App:
“The app displays an overview of a patient’s developing embryos and in one of them there’s a direct cleavage from 1 to 3 cells,” he says and points to the app:
“This way I can tell and show the patient that here’s a cell with two nuclei with genetic material from the mother and from the father which seems perfect. But the embryo cleaves directly from 1 to 3 cells. Before time-lapse we would never see this because it does not happen as you do your microscope checks. We know now that we should not transfer these embryos - because they do not result in a healthy pregnancy.”
Besides being able to show his patients which kind of embryos should be avoided for transfer, Finn can also use the EmbryoScope Counseling App to display how an embryo with good implantation potential should behave:
“The Counseling App also lets me show the patients optimal embryo development. How it develops from 2 to 4 cells, to 6, then 8 cells, and becomes a beautiful blastocyst with a defined inner cell mass ultimately giving rise to the future baby,” he explains with excitement and adds: “The patients are so impressed by this.”
Before the clinic started treating patients with the EmbryoScope time-lapse system, the doctors received the embryo evaluation on a piece of handwritten paper. Now, Finn can review and show a time-lapse video of the full embryo development, which he sees as a clear benefit in his communication with patients:
“One thing is to try to explain this complicated and emotional matter with words. It’s an entirely different thing to be able to actually show it to them so they can see it with their own eyes,” Finn finishes.
Find the “EmbryoScope Counseling App” on the App Store on your iPad and get free access to the app’s main features.
The capability of showing patients their own embryos requires an annual ES server connection license for each device used.