With the advent of Assisted Reproductive Technologies, our understanding of the reproductive system in both men and women has progressed in an exponential manner.
Along with this increase in knowledge has emerged new and advanced laboratories performing unique techniques aimed at diagnosing and treating infertility problems. And as these laboratories expand, the need for properly trained technicians has also emerged. But while many ART labs are staffed with biologists well trained in reproductive research techniques, they lack the necessary skills to effectively manage these labs.
The Handbook of the Assisted Reproduction Laboratory addresses many of the management issues and basic background information on reproductive biology and medicine needed by the technicians staffing and directing these ART labs. Internationally recognized experts in the field discuss various topics in this handbook, which:
Reviews male and female reproductive systems and processes
Discusses the clinical diagnosis and management of male and female infertility
Provides new information on the state-of-the-art techniques of egg and embryo culture, micromanipulation, and biopsy
Presents various aspects of quality control, quality assurance, and clinical laboratory management
With its in-depth analysis of management issues, as well as basic background information on reproductive biology and medicine, the Handbook of the Assisted Reproduction Laboratory serves as an ideal guide for current investigation and as a stimulus for future developments in the field.
Table of Contents
Human Fertilization. Overview of Spermatogenesis and Ejaculation. Implantation. Evaluation of Male Infertility. Female Infertility. Ovarian Stimulation and Ovulation Induction. Oocyte and Pre-Embryo Classification. Oocyte and Embryo Culture. Micromanipulation of Human Gametes, Zygotes, and Embryos. Quality Control: A Framework for the ART Laboratory. Internal and External Quality Control in the Andrology Laboratory. Quality Assurance in the Embryology, Andrology, and Endocrine Laboratories. Quality Control, Quality Assurance, and Management of the Cryopreservation Laboratory. Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA '88): A Review. The Physician-Laboratory Relationship. Ethics and the Assisted Reproductive Technologies. Managed Care and ART. Index.