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Lee Women's Hospital IVF Professional Equipment

Transvaginal Ultrasound Provides follicle tracking, application for egg retrieval surgery, and scans the condition of the uterus or ovaries
High-Level Ultrasound Offers relevant research on the impact of embryo implantation on endometrial blood flow
Embryo Bank The embryo bank is a 24-hour access-controlled storage space, where embryos are stored long-term in liquid nitrogen tanks at a temperature of minus 196°C
Automatic Sperm Analyzer Utilizes computer-integrated image analysis system as an instrument for fully automated semen analysis
Phase-Contrast Microscope Provides observation of embryo morphology, determination of embryo grades, and other specialized functions
Dissection Microscope Offers the ability to search for sperm or eggs by cutting tissues after testicular sperm extraction or during egg retrieval
Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) Instrument An instrument for injecting a single sperm microscopically into an egg, which can increase the fertilization rate of eggs
Electronic Cell Fusion Instrument Provides applications for genetic defect modification and future organ replication
Embryo Culture Incubator Maintains appropriate temperature, humidity, and a fixed proportion of gases to facilitate the growth and development of embryos
Embryo Laser Assisted Hatching Microscope Utilizes laser light source controller to provide both precise and safe techniques, making embryos more conducive to implantation
Fluorescence Microscope Camera Through fluorescence staining, captures evidence of chromosomal abnormalities using a fluorescence microscope camera
Fluorescence In Situ Hybridization (FISH) Instrument Provides early diagnosis of genetic diseases such as chromosomal number or structural abnormalities
Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Instrument Offers early diagnosis of monogenic hereditary diseases, providing insights into the health of the baby
Laboratory Animal Center Provides comprehensive basic research for future studies on genetic therapy for cell genetic defects and animal reproduction
Dry and Traditional Incubators 30 traditional incubators and 2 custom dry incubators with 96 cultivation chambers each. Both types provide individual suite-style cultivation, preventing embryo coexistence with others. Each chamber has an independent gas pipeline and uses high-purity gases (99.999%) for low-oxygen (tri-gas) cultivation, creating the optimal cultivation environment.
Time-Lapse Embryo Monitoring Culture System The hospital introduces the latest Time-Lapse Embryo Monitoring Culture System, allowing precise observation of embryo development without leaving the cultivation chamber, and selects the best embryos using morphokinetics.
Aseptic Operation Equipment The center has acquired six German-imported aseptic operation stations, equipped with temperature-controlled panels and dissecting microscopes, ensuring embryo operations are carried out in a safe and aseptic environment.
Culturing Medium Quality Testing Equipment To ensure stable and highly efficient culturing effects of embryo culturing medium, the center uses imported medium from GMP-certified manufacturers and includes high-efficiency purified water equipment, osmotic pressure testers, endotoxin detectors, pH testers, etc. Each batch of culturing medium must undergo quality control testing before use.
Micromanipulator System Our hospital has acquired five complete microsurgical systems, primarily using inverted microscopes, equipped with operational arms, laser-assisted incubation systems, spindle recognition systems, and sperm selection auxiliary systems. Used for tasks such as intracytoplasmic sperm injection, spindle recognition in eggs, embryo sectioning, and assisted incubation.
Andrology Laboratory The laboratory is equipped with fully automated sperm analyzers, aseptic operation stations, centrifuges, and liquid nitrogen storage tanks, providing services such as semen examination, analysis, washing, freezing, and thawing.

Sterile Specifications of the Reproductive Laboratory

Lee Women's Hospital's embryology laboratory adheres to a dust-free environment.
  • The embryology laboratory is a spacious, world-class, dust-free chamber designed for embryo cultivation.
  • Air shower chambers are installed at entry and exit points to prevent external sources of contamination from entering the laboratory.
  • The space is organized according to optimal operational workflows, with sterile workstations and embryo incubators separated into distinct work zones.
  • An air filtration system is in place to maintain the laboratory's dust levels within Class 1000 standards, ensuring no concerns of PM2.5 pollution.
  • Two large air purifiers, Coda Towers, are utilized to eliminate harmful substances from the air.
  • The laboratory's temperature (24°C) and humidity (~35%) are continuously monitored 24 hours a day.
Quality Testing of Culture Medium
Laser-Assisted Incubation
Sperm Injection and Spindle View
Oocyte / Sperm / Embryo Bank
Time-Lapse Embryo Monitoring Culture System
Dry and Traditional Incubators
Sterile Operating Equipment
Embryology Laboratory

Embryology Laboratory Facilities

The equipment in Lee Women's Hospital's embryology laboratory is fully prepared to address emergency situations, allowing parents to securely store embryos in the laboratory.

Secure and Stable Liquid Nitrogen Tanks, Even Risk Distribution

The laboratory insists on using "35-liter liquid nitrogen tanks" that are safe and stable. Although they have a smaller capacity, they significantly reduce the frequency of lid opening, providing a secure and undisturbed environment for reproductive cells.

Why don't we use large dry liquid nitrogen tanks, which are space-saving and convenient?

In 2018, there were two incidents of malfunctions in newly developed "dry liquid nitrogen" storage tanks at fertility centers in the United States. This resulted in damage to 4,000 eggs and embryos due to tank failures, causing irreparable harm. Driven by the principle of "safety first," the Director of the Reproductive Medicine Laboratory at Lee Women's Hospital has consistently chosen to use relatively safer liquid nitrogen tanks to prevent similar events from occurring.

Real-time Monitoring System, Emergency Alerts Direct to Embryologist's Mobile Device

Each storage container for frozen ova/embryos is assigned a unique identification number and monitored centrally. In the event of any anomalies detected, immediate alerts are sent to the embryologist's phone, ensuring constant oversight of the safety status of embryos and ova.

24-Hour Uninterrupted Power Supply System, Operational During Power Outages

Distinguishing itself from regular clinics, Lee Women's Hospital is an area hospital approved by the Health Department. It remains unaffected by water and electricity restrictions and boasts a 24-hour uninterrupted power supply system. Even during significant power outages in Taichung City, the embryology laboratory continues to operate without interruption!
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