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Couples are putting their trust in artificial intelligence to help them become parents, with an Australia-first trial proving a success.
Sarah and Tim Keys from Queensland have been trying to conceive for a number of years and after suffering a number of miscarriages decided to turn to IVF.
When their GP suggested joining the AI trial, the couple did their research and discovered it would improve their chances of getting through the pregnancy.
“It’s really hard to go through those miscarriages so anything that could decrease the chances, let’s go with that,” Ms Keys said.
Doctors are hailing the technology as the biggest leap forward in IVF in over three decades.
“It’s completely new, completely different and … it’s all to do with the evolution of computer technology,” Associate Professor Anusch Yazdani from the Queensland Fertility Group said.
As part of the international study, led by national fertility provider Virtus Health, 1000 patients will be recruited at five IVF clinics across Australia, alongside sites in Ireland and Denmark.
During each IVF cycle, embryos will be grown in an incubator fitted with tiny time-lapse cameras which will record 115,000 images over five days.
Each embryo is then given a rating based on predicted fetal heart outcomes and the one with the greatest chance of survival is implanted.
If the trial is successful the technology will be rolled out around the world.
So far, the trial at seven fertility clinics around the country has a 90 per cent success rate.
“That’s much better than our embryologists have managed to do so this is a really exciting time to,” Professor Yazdani said.
Ms Keys is now 26 weeks pregnant and cautiously optimistic for the future.
“We’re very excited we’re expecting a little girl,” she said.
“I think we’ll still be a bit stressed until we’re holding her, but where we’re at, at the moment is really awesome.”