Celebrating the first IMSI Baby of South India
Setting a new precedent for the rest of the country, CIMAR COCHIN has installed a new technology that will allow infertility specialists to pick the best quality sperm while carrying out the specialized test tube baby procedure of ICSI. Infra-Cytoplasmic Morphologically Selected Sperm Injection (IMSI) helps magnify the image of the sperm 7200 times, thereby allowing embryologists to pick the best looking healthier sperms. The machine is an advanced version of the earlier technique of Intra-Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI), having the magnification capacity of 16 times higher than ICSI. This equipment was installed for the first time in South India at CIMAR COCHIN in January 2010 and the first Baby of South India was born through CIMAR COCHIN on 14th December 2010 to a couple named Suma & Sasi from thrissur district. They had been married for 10 yrs and had undergone several infertility treatments including several attempts of ICSI. The first Instillation was done in Lilavathi Hospital, Mumbai, where also the first IMSI baby of India was born few months back. The IMSI method was first developed in 2004 by a team led by Benjamin Bartoov, of Barilan University in Israel, who used IMSI to select those sperms with a shape and size that indicated good genetic quality. The pregnancy rate in patients jumped from 30% to around 50-60%. IMSI helps improve the success rate among men with the worst prognosis and is said to be more beneficial than ICSI in patients with previous two ICSI failures. It is also useful in couples with unexplained infertility. It has been shown that IMSI resulted in better egg fertilization rates, better quality embryos, better rate of blastocyst formation and therefore better pregnancy rates. Patients who will benefit from IMSI; • Repetitive ICSI Failures • Unexplained Infertility Very abnormal Morphology of the sperms.