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ARTE: An Embryo Quality Assessment Tool

  • João Silva
  • Paulo Fazendeiro
  • Fernando J. Prados Mondéjar
  • Soraia Pinto
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 276)

Abstract

This paper proposes an assessment model of putative embryos for in vitro fertilization (IVF) based on a triangular norm. One of the most common difficulties of IVF treatments is multiple pregnancy. Therefore the number of embryos for transfer is of paramount importance considering the need to reduce the incidence of multiple births without compromising overall pregnancy rates in fertility treatments. Consequently the selective embryo transfer is recommended to optimize efficacy and safety outcomes. The embryo evaluation is of enormous relevance, since it directly affects the success of different techniques used in assisted reproductive technologies (ART). The gathering of all the information needed to embryo evaluation, as well as software that can serve as aid in the decision is of great importance. The tool herein presented accomplishes these two objectives. The analysis of the requirements of the assessment process has resulted in a flexible data model, used in the presented prototype, supporting the selective embryo transfer decision-making process.

Keywords

Embryo Assessment Decision Making Software Engineering Assisted Reproductive Technologies 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • João Silva
    • 1
  • Paulo Fazendeiro
    • 1
  • Fernando J. Prados Mondéjar
    • 2
  • Soraia Pinto
    • 3
  1. 1.Instituto de Telecomunicações (IT), Department of InformaticsUniversity of Beira InteriorCovilhãPortugal
  2. 2.IVF LaboratoryHospital Madrid-MontepríncipeMadridSpain
  3. 3.Maternidade Doutor Alfredo da CostaLisboaPortugal

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