The AutoSperm system has been discontinued. These pages are for documentation only.

Software features

Measurements

  • Sperm concentration
  • Average velocity, linear velocity and linearity index
  • Motility grading in agreement with the World Health Organization Laboratory Manual for the Examination of Human Semen and Semen-Cervical Mucus Interaction, Cambridge University Press, 4th ed., 1999.
  • Concentration of grade (a), (b), (c) and (d) motile spermatozoa

Database layout

  • 2 sample groups: patients, laboratory
  • subgroups can be defined for both groups
  • 3 analyses per sample, additional analysis (user-defined)
  • users database (administrator, technicians, referrers)

Access control

  • Administrator
    • Manages the AutoSperm software
    • Can create and delete technician and referrer accounts
    • Can delete samples from the database
    • Can grant login rights to referrers (by providing a password)
    • Cannot perform semen analyses
  • Technician
    • Can perform semen analyses
    • Can create "Referrers"
  • Referrer
    • Can retrieve results of own patients

Reporting

  • Export selected samples to Excel, or the MedCalc statistical software package;
  • Calculation of monthly averages (mean and median) of sperm concentration, grade (a) and grade (a)+(b) motility as well as linear velocity, for quality control purposes. Averages can be exported to Excel or MedCalc.

System Requirements

  • AutoSperm is compatible with Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP and Windows Vista.
  • Requires a PC with a free serial port (RS-232).
  • Database: SQL Server 2000, SQL Server 2005.
    AutoSperm can also use SQL Express 2005, which is available as a free download from Microsoft.
  • SQL Express 2005 and .NET framework 2 are included on AutoSperm installation CD.
  • A microscrope with zoom drawing tube.

The AutoSperm system consist of the AutoSperm software and a DrawingBoard digitizing tablet with customized 4-button cursor. The AutoSperm system does not include computer, Windows operating system, microscope or zoom drawing tube.

Literature

  • Hinting A, Schoonjans F, Comhaire F: Validation of a single step procedure for the objective assessment of sperm motility characteristics. International Journal of Andrology, 1988;11:277-287. [Abstract] [Full text - PDF]
  • Hinting A, Comhaire F, Schoonjans F: Capacity of objectively assessed sperm motility characteristics in differentiating between semen of fertile and subfertile men. Fertility and Sterility, 1988;50:635-639. [Abstract] [Full text - PDF]
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