Artificial intelligence in fertility treatment is the future
Couples who need IVF to conceive a child are well aware that even the most advanced assisted reproductive technology does not always guarantee a baby. Many factors can affect the success of an IVF cycle. Our Austin fertility center excels at selecting which embryo is the most likely to result in a live birth. Artificial intelligence in fertility treatment is a new tool. It can help our fertility specialists select the embryo that is “most likely to succeed.”
In any given IVF cycle, 70% or more of the resulting embryos may be chromosomally abnormal, which makes them less likely to implant and more likely to result in a miscarriage or a baby with a lifelong genetic disorder.
Looking through a high-powered microscope, a trained embryologist can often spot an abnormal embryo because it doesn’t develop normally. Abnormally developing embryos receive a low grade, while we typically prefer the highest-grade embryo for transfer.
Artificial intelligence in fertility treatment improves IVF success
If you’re currently undergoing IVF at our Austin fertility center, we have an exciting opportunity for you!
Ovation Fertility will be part of an exciting new documentary television series about artificial intelligence (AI). This is in partnership with one of the biggest names in Hollywood. One of the show’s topics is the use of artificial intelligence in IVF. As part of that story, the producers are seeking patients who are currently in cycle or about to begin their cycle.
If you’re interested in sharing your story as part of this documentary, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
While fairly effective, the traditional visual grading system can’t detect chromosomal abnormalities because they are invisible to the naked eye. This is why our Austin fertility center often recommends preimplantation genetic testing of embryos, or PGT-A. It can detect chromosomal abnormalities before transfer with a high degree of certainty.
Why AI is a game-changer
PGT-A is a complex process that requires the extraction of a few cells from the outer layer of each embryo. This is where artificial intelligence in fertility treatment can become a game-changer.
Our Austin fertility center was the first in the United States to test a new technology that uses artificial intelligence to non-invasively analyze embryos and determine whether they are euploid or aneuploid. In fact, our IVF lab, Ovation Fertility® Austin, was part of the first study in the country to successfully apply AI by deep learning through computer vision to embryo selection. Read the press release here.
In that international collaborative study, a new AI technology from Australia-based Life Whisperer evaluated thousands of 2D static images of embryos created through past IVF cycles at Ovation Fertility IVF laboratories. When compared to standard embryo morphological grading by highly skilled embryologists, the AI technology showed a 32% improvement in the prediction of successful implantation. These results suggest that AI may be a valuable tool to accurately detect genetic defects in human embryos.
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Additional validation with larger data sets is still ongoing. However, we believe that AI is a useful prescreening tool that will allow us to identify and genetically test only those embryos that have a low likelihood of having genetic defects, lowering the overall cost of IVF for patients.
Contact our Austin fertility center to take advantage of the very latest technology to increase your chances of IVF success.