Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago ivf

Inverted microscope and ICSI and micromanipulation equipment in our IVF lab

  • Inverted microscopes are upside down as compared to conventional microscopes. The light source is at the top (above the stage) and the objecives (lenses) are below the stage.
  • These microscopes are useful for thorough examination of living cells on the bottom of culture dishes. Therefore, they are used extensively in IVF labs.
  • The ICSI and assisted hatching micromanipulation procedures are also done on inverted microscopes. The inverted microscope is used to look very closely at the eggs or embryos.
Inverted microscope for icsi fertilization

In the center of the image is the microscope itself On each side are micromanipulator controllers used for ICSI and assisted hatching On the far right is our video and printing equipment

  • The microscope stage (where the dish containing embryos will be placed) is heated to 37 degrees C (body temperature). This maintains the optimal temperature for the eggs and/or embryos.

Using the inverted microscope for ICSI

Embryologist at work looking at embryos on the inverted microscope

8cell ivf embryo

The microscope has optics that provide high-resolution views of eggs and embryos:

High-quality 8 cell embryo 5 of the 8 cells are in the plane of focus - a sixth one is visible above the plane of focus 2 more cells are behind the plane of focus This embryo is about 120 microns in diameter 1000 microns is a millimeter 25.4 millimeters is an inch 210 of these embryos lined up end to end would be one inch long

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4920 N. Central Ave
Suite 2C

Chicago, IL 60630

Phone: (773) 794-1818
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30 Tower Court
Suite F
Gurnee, IL 60031

Phone: (847) 662-1818
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820 E. Terra Cotta Ave (Rte 176)
Suite 118
Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Phone: (815) 356-1818
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