When we do need to remove eggs and embryos from the incubators in order to perform inseminations, biopsies, and evaluations, we have other specialized equipment that helps us maintain the temperature and gas levels outside of the incubators. IVF Tech isolettes are a controlled-atmosphere workstation that consists of self-contained chambers to reproduce similar incubator conditions allowing the embryologists to perform oocyte and embryo manipulations while minimizing environmental conditions.
The procedures we perform on oocytes and embryos require not only tremendous skill and technique, but also specific tools and equipment that are designed for use on the most precious material. We use micro-pipettes and pipette holders attached to inverted microscopes in order to perform intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) and embryo biopsy. Embryo biopsy as well as assisted hatching is also achieved using safe clinical Zilos-TK and Lykos microsurgical laser systems from Hamilton Thorne, Inc.
Safety and optimized results are our top priority in the IVF lab. In addition to an automatic backup emergency generator system and uninterrupted power supply (UPS) units, we utilize the latest in remote monitoring systems to ensure that all equipment operates at the utmost level of performance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Every piece of critical equipment in the IVF lab, including incubators, refrigerators, and liquid nitrogen storage tanks are equipped with the Temperature Alert System. This is a cloud based alarm and monitoring system that takes a reading of the power supply, temperature and gas concentrations on each unit every five minutes. If any of these readings are out of the desired range, an alarm call is placed to the lab director and the embryologist on call.