A Smartphone microscope that will allow you to count your own sperms
You read that heading twice to confirm, right?
Believe me or not! It’s already a thing now. This smartphone microscope is already commercially available in Japan and will soon be on sale in other countries.
Most males might find it kinda embarrassing or a bit awkward to go to the doctor to get a fertility test and ejaculate into a bottle if asked, in a creepy room with the creepy male/female employee of theirs waiting outside for that bottle of sample. And why don’t they? I mean it could be awkward at times.
With this microscope attached to your phone, there will not be any need of these hassle. You can get that test done in the privacy of your own home.
There is also a need of that too low sperm and/or poor sperm quality are the reasons why a third of couples fail to conceive despite repeated efforts.
Yoshitomo Kobori of the Dokkyo Medical University Koshigaya Hospital in Japan devised an alternative.
“Everyone has a smartphone now, and they have good cameras,” Kobori says. “I thought a smartphone microscope could be an easy way to look at problems with male fertility.”
Kobori and his colleagues came up with this microscope with plastic “jacket” containing a lens which is only a millimetre thick. When it functions with the smartphone camera, it magnifies an image by 555 times – perfect for looking at sperm cells.
To run a test you’d have to wait for like 5 minutes after ejaculation for the semen to liquefy, then place it between transparent plastic sheets and place it against microscope, it will capture a nearly around 3 second long video-clip to monitor all of those tiny swimmers of yours. It’s just that easy! After taking a video watch it in a large monitor and count sperms for yourself or send it to a doctor if any further help needed.
Team is looking forward to develop a dedicated app to count too then it will be much easier.
Stuart Lavery, a consultant at Hammersmith Hospital in London, says the device is innovative. “It might prove helpful in parts of the world that lack the resources to offer the usual microscope technology required for routine semen analysis,” he says.
The camera system achieved almost identical results to the software currently in use in fertility clinics, so this could well turn out to be a viable alternative to clinical visits.
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