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.
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 steps 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. The patients are then 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 and so are awake during the procedure.) The same system enables patients to observe embryos on the screen before the optimized embryo transfer procedure.
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.
The laboratory holds a California Tissue Bank license, is registered with the FDA and accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP). The procedure room is accredited by AAAASF, the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities.
Our highly experienced embryologist team has 40 years of combined experience in clinical and research settings in the field of reproduction and IVF.