Cambridge IVF develops new protocols for light microscopy-based sperm testing

Making life easier for andrologists

Cambridge IVF have received the first production WS37! Stable conditions for sperm examination.

Cambridge IVF performs sperm testing using a basic light microscope to observe sperm performance on a heated glass slide. But control of the temperature has been seen as arbitrary from lab to lab, so there can be a wide variance in reported results. Stephen Harbottle, Cambridge IVF's consultant embryologist, has observed the inconsistencies of testing over the years: "There is a real need for consistency of testing in andrology laboratories. At present, there is inconsistency with labs performing tests using non-validated or out-of-date procedures with limited regulation or control. Equipment is not standardized; it is not being calibrated and validated against reference systems or used in accordance with best practice recommendations in some test centers. Testing should be done to a validated standard operating procedure and labs performing tests should ensure they are registered to an appropriate external quality assurance scheme." Bioopticsworld.

The WS37 system is aimed at making the Andrologists life easier by ensuring sperm are kept happy at a stable and repeatable temperature allowing them to concentrate on the analyse of the samples.  The WS37 provides stable, repeatable and calibrated*temperature control directly on your microscope.

Stephen noted that it “was a dramatic improvement” on other systems, and that they would be using it immediately. Linkam.