Laser Assisted Hatchig
Assisted Hatching is a laboratory procedure performed mostly on cleavage stage embryos (Day 3 of In Vitro development)
before being transferred back to the patient’s womb.During the Assisted Hatching procedure, a small opening
is made in the outer shell of the embryo, called the zona pellucida. In order to assist the embryo in breaking
out of this shell to facilitate the implantation process.During Laser Assisted Hatching, the outer shell of the
embryo is breached by firing a few laser pulses. The laser is fired far away from the cells of the embryo so that
the cells are not damaged. This process only takes a few seconds to complete per embryo minimizing the time each
embryo is exposed outside of the incubator.