Usefulness of a portable sperm analyzer system using smartphone
Park, HJ1; Park, MJ2; Lim, MY1; Park, JH3; Cheon, JM2; Park, NC1
1: Pusan National University Hospital, Korea, South; 2: The Korea Institute for Public Sperm Bank, Busan, Korea, South; 3: usan National University Hospital, Korea, South
Background: Despite the necessity of semen analysis on diagnosis and treatment of infertile couples, male partners are hesitant to receive outpatient evaluations for infertility claiming pressure of business, embarrassment and various personal situations. In response to this situation, we validated the usability of a portable sperm analyzer(SA) system utilizing a smartphone.
Materials & methods: A total of 10 semen samples were obtained from male infertility who had visited the outpatient clinic of PNUH. The portable smartphone SA system(seem®, Recruit Co., Tokyo, Japan) is consisted of smartphone iPhone 6 with camera and App for SA as well as semen specimen chamber with microscopic lens. Semen analysis was performed according to standard manual by the manufacturing company. We compared the results of sperm density and motility by portable SA with smartphone, Makler chamber and computer assisted semen analyser (CASA) with statistical analysis. All evaluation performances were performed by one urologist with one technician of andrology laboratory.
Result: There were no particular difficulties and problems with use of the smartphone SA system according to user instructions. The sperm density and motility results to be measured with smartphone, Makler chamber and CASA with visual observation were showed highly significant correlations ( p<0.05, coefficient factors> 0.50 in each).
Conclusions: We are confident that this portable smartphone SA system plays a role in motivating infertile men to visit clinics, thus resulting in early diagnosis and treatment. It is also expected that this system contributes to a decrease in the mental and physical burden for women on the infertility treatment, a shortening of the time required to achieve pregnancy and a decrease in medical expenses.
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