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Smartphone-Based Portable Semen Analyzer Is as Accurate as a Lab Tech with a Microscope

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR REPRODUCTIVE MEDICINE’S 2017 SCIENTIFIC CONGRESS & EXPO

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San Antonio, TX- New technology promises to alleviate the discomfort of reporting to a lab for a semen analysis once a suite of smartphone accessories and software developed by a team from Harvard Medical School hits the market.  The team presented data at ASRM’s Scientific Congress and Expo in San Antonio, showing that these new tools, together with diverse smartphones, will be able to capture video and data that can be sent to technicians for evaluation without the patient having to leave his house.

The versatile semen analyzer is designed to adapt to all smartphones and does not depend on the phone’s camera for its imaging. The hardware includes a miniaturized computer, a digital image sensor, and DVD lenses to record video and wirelessly transmit data to a paired smartphone equipped with an app to measure concentration and motility. Semen samples are loaded into disposable slides or microfluidic devices for examination.

In one study, the smartphone system was evaluated for accuracy by comparing its measurements of sperm concentration and motility to manual analyses of 30 semen samples.  The system demonstrated 98% accuracy. Another study proved the system’s ability to determine sperm viability using slides of sperm prepared with a stain absorbed by dead sperm. In the third study, the Hyluronan Binding Assay, a test of sperm maturity and function was performed and the system’s results were comparable to those of lab technicians performing the test.

ASRM President Elect, Peter Schlegel, MD remarked, “In addition to alleviating a certain amount of psychic discomfort, this invention holds the possibility of bringing basic male fertility testing capacity to remote areas far from any andrology lab.  The device could be shipped to a patient, or checked out from a community health center, gynecologist’s or internist’s office.”

O-181 Kumar et al, AUTOMATED SMARTPHONE-BASED SYSTEM FOR SEMEN ASSESSMENT THROUGH THE HYALURONIC BINDING ASSAY

O-182 C. Bormann et al, SMARTPHONE-BASED OPTICAL SYSTEM FOR SPERM VIABILITY TESTING

O-183 M. Kumar et al, PORTABLE SEMEN ANALYZER FOR AUTOMATED, RAPID MEASUREMENT OF SPERM MOTILITY AND CONCENTRATION

 

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