Laboratories

Clinical Laboratory

The USC Fertility Clinical Laboratory performs the measurements of blood hormone levels. The accuracy of these measurements is critical to the overall success of the program. The laboratory is fully accredited and is supervised by Stan Patel, MT (ASCP).

This clinical laboratory provides state-of-the-art endocrine testing and remains a leader and reference laboratory for the community. Specific assays include (but are not limited to):

Services:

  • Estradiol, Estrone
  • Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH)
  • Luteinizing Hormone (LH)
  • Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH)
  • Testosterone, Free Testosterone
  • Prolactin
  • Ultra-sensitive HCG (pregnancy test)
  • Progesterone

Accreditation:

  • Licensed by the state of California
  • Accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP)
  • Certified by the Clinical Laboratory Inspection Agency (CLIA)

Andrology Laboratory

Our fully-accredited CLIA Andrology Laboratory performs tests for the evaluation of male infertility. Our Andrology Technologists have extensive experience in laboratory evaluation of semen and male fertility. Conveniently and discretely located adjacent to the on-site operating room, the laboratory can provide nearly instantaneous feedback during a surgical sperm retrieval procedure (such as MESA or TESE).

Services:

  • Semen Analysis
  • Strict Criteria Morphology (Krueger)
  • Sperm Viability Test
  • Specimen Preparation for Intra-Uterine Insemination
  • Sperm Cryopreservation
  • MESA (Micro-surgical Epididymal Sperm Aspiration)
  • TESE (Testicular Sperm Extraction)
  • Test Yolk Buffer Sperm Processing for Assisted Reproductive Technology

Accreditation:

  • Certified by the Clinical Laboratory Inspection Agency (CLIA)
  • State of California Tissue Bank

Embryology Laboratory

embryology lab- IVFThe USC Fertility Program provides services in support of all aspects of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART). Our Embryology Laboratory is conveniently located on the premises of our Los Angeles Practice where all of these procedures are performed.  Our Embryology team has been at the forefront of technological breakthroughs, providing consistently high success rates due to their diligence and hardwork.

Services:

  • Intra-Uterine Insemination (including sperm preparation)
  • In Vitro Fertilization
  • Intra-Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)
  • Oocte/Embryo Culture
  • Blastocyst Culture
  • Laser Assisted Hatching
  • Embryo Transfer
  • Embryo Cryopreservation & Storage
  • Oocyte Cryopreservation & Storage
  • Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD)
  • Comprehensive Genetic Screening of Embryos (PGS – preimplantation genetic screening)

Accreditation:

  • College of American Pathologists (CAP)
  • Embryology Laboratory Director (ELD)
  • National Certification by the American Board of Bioanalysis
  • Clinical Laboratory Inspection Agency (CLIA)
  • State of California Tissue Bank