Progressive Laboratory Program
Quality Lab Care at Our San Diego IVF Clinic
At Hanabusa IVF, we continually monitor new developments in laboratory
procedures and protocols with an effort to improve our laboratory program
and keep up with all the new technological developments in the field.
Our San Diego Embryology laboratory is designed to provide the most advanced,
up-to-date care. We use a unique mini incubator system, which allows us
to create the optimal environment for embryo cultures; we work to make
sure the cultures remain as close to their natural environment as possible.
Air quality and continuous maintenance of laboratory equipment is also
an essential aspect of our lab program. We’ve installed a special
air filtration system designed for IVF laboratories that removes particulate
and VOC contamination. Positive pressure is maintained throughout the
laboratory so that outside contamination cannot enter the lab environment.
Petri dishes for oocyte and embryo cultures are prepared a day in advance
of the procedure so that sufficient time is allotted for the culture to
reach the desired temperature and pH equilibration.
Embryos Are Carefully Monitored During Development
In addition to high-quality patient care, we pride ourselves on our attention
and diligence to laboratory processes and procedures. Patient verification
and double witnessing is a key in every step we do in the laboratory:
- Before and after all egg retrievals, we confirm the patient’s identification
and engrave this information on the bottom of the petri dish.
- When oocytes or embryos are moved into different dishes, a second witness
verifies the patient’s information.
- Next, the patient’s name and other personal identifiers are confirmed
before both the insemination of oocytes and the freezing of embryos.
- Finally, the patients are asked to confirm their full name and date of
birth before embryo transfer and the identification process is fully documented.
Cameras are installed in every microscope in our laboratory; they are connected
to video monitors allowing patients to observe egg retrieval or even their
insemination procedure. (Note: Because we use smaller needles than more
conventional fertility practices, our patients do not require general
anesthetic remain awake during the procedure.) The same system enables
patients to observe embryos on the screen before the optimized embryo