Learn more about our Dallas-Fort Worth IVF lab
Our fertility clinic has offices conveniently located in Plano / Frisco, Dallas, Rockwall, Southlake and Lubbock, Texas.
Our state of the ART IVF laboratory
The IVF facility at Fertility Specialists of Texas is one of the most advanced laboratories in North Texas and Southwestern United States. It has equipment for the production of healthy embryos. The laboratory includes incubators capable of producing a reduced oxygen environment for culturing embryos to the blastocyst stage on days 5 and 6 of in vitro development. It also has the latest in micro manipulation and laser equipment for precise and fast microsurgical procedures. These include intracytoplasmic sperm injection, assisted hatching and preimplantation genetic diagnosis.
Advanced particle and chemical air filtration system
The environment where the embryos grow is of supreme importance. The air of the laboratory itself can alter the quality of the embryos. Embryos are very sensitive to particles, microbes and volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) in the air.
“Let’s think about it”, says Carlos A. Guerrero, Ph.D., the Laboratory Director at Fertility Specialists of Texas. “Embryos don’t have a defense system like a human organism. Humans have organs such as a liver, kidney and lung to filter and detoxify the body of harmful chemicals that we come in contact with. Also, our immune system will attack anything that gets into our body and remove it.”
Our fertility clinic has one of the most advanced HVAC (heating ventilation and air conditioning) systems (fromAlphaEnvironmental, Inc., a leader in air quality systems) in the area to overcome this problem. The HVAC system can supply constant temperature and controlled humidity regardless of climate and seasonal variation. This provides a stable environment to attain the maximum performance of all the precise laboratory equipment.
The filtration system contains pre-filters to remove larger particles in the air, HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filters that remove >99.9% of dust particles and microbes >0.3 um in size (300 times smaller than the diameter of a human hair) and chemical filters containing activated carbon and potassium permanganate for the removal of toxic substances and harmful VOC’s.
Clean room IVF laboratory isolation
We also isolate the laboratory from the outside environment by having tightly sealed ceilings, walls, light fixtures, utility connections and airtight doors making it ‘impermeable’ to contaminant agents, airborne toxins and microbes from leaking into the room.
The embryology laboratory is held pressurized above the adjacent procedure rooms so that air moves from the embryology lab to the procedure room and out. This would prevent any contaminant or toxin in the air from coming into the lab through the doors. The system is also set up so that if we encounter serious air pollution such as an outside fire, heavy highway construction or a chemical spill we can switch to a ‘submarine mode’ and we can recirculate the air inside the laboratory instead of using outside air.
This complex system imitates the defense and detoxification mechanism in the mother during the growth of the embryos inside her body. Poor laboratories can lead to decreased pregnancy rates due to embryo toxic materials in the air. Failure to isolate the sensitive and delicate embryo from these materials can lead to increased stress on the developing embryo resulting in decreased pregnancy rates. Our focus on having one of the most advanced facilities in North Texas. Our highly successful IVF program and pregnancies rates reflect this.
Contact us to learn more about our fertility clinic and IVF laboratory.