Mumbai: A new technology `IVF ViaMetrics-E`has been installed at the Lilavati hospital, the first of itskind in Asia, here in a bid to reduce multiple pregnancies inInvitro fertilisation procedures (Test tube babies procedure).The US technology, which is able to identify viable andhealthy embryos non-invasively and helps to avoid multiplepregnancy, was today inaugurated by Maharashtra Chief MinisterAshok Chavan.
Lilavati hospital IVF (In Vitro Fertilisation) centre,headed by Dr Hrishikesh Pai and Dr Nandita Palshetkar, isbeing run for the 20 years and the new technology will assistthe couple in improving pregnancy results by 15 to 20 per centand save money and time by reducing the number of cycles toobtain a single healthy embryo, Posillico said.The side effects of multiple pregnancy and theinconvenience to the couples due to their unwanted pregnanciescan been reduced through IVF ViaMetrics-E, Posillico said."We, at Lilavati Hospital, Mumbai, are the first in Asiato have installed this technology `ViaMetrics` which assessesembryos with respect to their viability and implantationpotential. The availability of metabolic profiling willempower doctors to shift from multiple embryo transfer tosingle embryo transfer," Pai said. PTI
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