Penn Fertility Care

Non-Invasive Embryo Study (NIES)

The Non-Invasive Embryo Surveillance (NIES) study will help doctors and laboratory staff better understand the dynamic processes involved in early embryo development and embryo selection.

In addition to traditional embryo assessment techniques, embryos will be recorded by time-lapse imaging (see videos below) in an undisturbed environment. The information obtained by continuous surveillance of the embryos will provide a better understanding of embryo viability and pregnancy success.

Currently, this technology is for research use only. Patients who consent to participate in the study will receive a video of the transferred embryo(s) development for the first three or five days in culture, dependent only on availability of the time-lapse imaging devices in the laboratory.

Prediction - High
Time-elapsed imaging of an embryo in an undisturbed environment; useful in understanding which embryos will most likely lead to pregnancy.

Prediction - Low
The Non-Invasive Embryo Surveillance (NIES) study will help doctors and laboratory staff better understand which embryos are least likely to lead to pregnancy.