EEVA Time-Lapse Imaging of Embryos

Predict a healthier pregnancy with EEVA time-lapse imaging

If you’re planning to use in vitro fertilization (IVF) to become pregnant, you want to ensure the best possible chance for a healthy, viable pregnancy. This means choosing to implant embryos with the greatest potential for further development. Main Line Health offers Early Embryo Viability Assessment (EEVA) time-lapse imaging to help determine which embryos are most likely to result in a successful pregnancy.

A glimpse into the future

EEVA time lapse imaging works because it enables specialists to predict how well an embryo will do in the womb based on how well it has done during the first few days of its development.

First, a tiny camera is attached to a microscope and placed inside the incubator with your embryos. Next, time-lapse images are taken during days one, two and three of the embryos’ development in the laboratory incubator. Then, the images are analyzed by embryologists to see which embryos had the greatest development. Finally, the results are sent to your doctor so that together you can decide which embryos should be selected.

Safe and sound

Your embryos are perfectly safe during EEVA time-lapse imaging. In fact, there is no difference between embryos that undergo the time lapse and those that do not. Your embryos simply remain in the incubator as they would normally during days one through three of development. They are not touched in any way.

EEVA time-lapse imaging is the first and only embryo selection test that is FDA cleared.

Your best chance for success

Traditionally, the best embryos are chosen based on information gathered by embryologists during random assessments. The embryos are looked at under a microscope at set times during the first few days of development and rated based on their appearance, the look of the cells and how many times the cells have divided.

EEVA time-lapse imaging gives embryologists a much more consistent and accurate representation of the embryo’s development because it shows more than just a single snapshot of the embryo’s growth. In other words, it gives the embryologists more information about each embryo and shows more small differences in each embryo’s development, so they can make a better decision about which embryos have the most potential.