UCHealth Today features our lab’s thermal imaging system that gives the earliest warning of trouble with cryopreservation tanks
The CU Advanced Reproductive Medicine IVF laboratory has become the first embryology lab in the world, outside of testing, to acquire the new Cryo Sentinel monitoring system, improving the safety of patients’ cryopreserved eggs, embryos and sperm.
Two years ago, thousands of people were devastated when cryopreservation tanks failed at two fertility clinics – one in Cleveland and the other in San Francisco. CU ARM’s Cryo Sentinel system provides great relief to our patients like Dr. Kheli Sears, a veterinarian, who successfully got pregnant with her second son thanks to help from our fertility doctors.
“I couldn’t even fathom what that would be like,” Sears said of the other labs’ failures. “Some of those people probably didn’t have children and their embryos at least gave them hope. It’s gut wrenching. It probably felt like losing a child.”
Dr. Liesl Nel-Themaat, director of our embryology lab agrees and said, “We are acutely aware that these tissues in our care represent the hopes and dreams for many people dealing with infertility, for those who stored sperm or eggs before cancer treatments, and for young women preserving their eggs for future use.”