“Fertility is a big problem. … Men are embarrassed to go to their urologist for infertility testing,” said Dr. Hadi Shafiee, assistant professor of medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, who led the study.
A group of Massachusetts Hospital researchers came up with a smartphone which is used to evaluate semen motility.
The test works using a combination of Hardware and software technology : Disposable Kit and Chip.
The app records a short video of the sperm motility and uses an algorithm to measure the total number of sperm to track their movement and then calculate the total numbers that are moving.
“This is going to be the first fully automated device to make infertility testing as simple as home pregnancy tests for women,” Shafiee said.
The test was carried out on 350 Unwashed and Unprocessed semen samples from a fertility clinic based on World Health Organization guidelines by Shafiee’s Team.
HOW IT WORKS
- Samples are inserted into chip
- Insert chip into an accessory case containing lenses and a LED to illuminate and magnify the sample for capture by the phone’s camera.
“The lenses are align with the phone’s camera”, Shafiee said
The only factor not observed is the sperm’s morphology, or shape, which is considered during official tests at a clinic.
PEOPLE TO BENEFIT
- Urologists because it helps Vasectomy patients to check whether their procedure has worked from the comfort of their homes.
The 3D home kit cost only $5 and the team plans to apply for FDA approval. The team said it will help in developing countries where medical bills are costly.