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Perfect for veterinarians or fertility clinics, the new i4 Semen Evaluation LabScope is the complete package for live specimen microscopy. Motility analysis should be performed at 98.6 degrees Farenheit to keep sperm active, and the heated stage has a built-in digital temperature control unit which can be set for any temperature up to 110 degrees Farenheit. The heated stage will maintain accurate and stable temperatures within +/- 0.3 degrees during observation. This microscope looks and functions like a standard laboratory-grade microscope when in brightfield configuration. The Plan phase objectives and turret condenser allow flat-field, high-contrast viewing of live, unstained specimens, and easy magnification changes with the flip of the thumb.
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|Blue-green-yellow filters, immersion oil, dust cover, manual, and warranty card|
|i4 Semen Evaluation|
|i4S-SEB4-iPL3||Complete Semen Evaluation Binocular Labscope|
|i4S-SET4-iPL3||Complete Semen Evaluation Trinocular Labscope|
The i4 Semen Evaluation LabScope provides everything needed to perform motility analysis and to observe morpho-logical abnormalities to determine the viability of sperm. Sperm concentration can be performed with the optional Neubauer Hemacytometer (counting chamber) pictured below.
|Motility analysis is the best indicator of semen quality and viability, and is highly correlated with fertility rates. Progressive motility is the percentage of sperm moving forward in a straight line under their own power, which is a visual estimate under the microscope. It is very important to keep the sperm sample warm, and evaluate as soon as possible after collection.
Motile 80% motile x 60% straight forward = 48% Progressively Motile
|Morphological abnormalities are an important factor in fertility as well. However, this procedure is not as critical as the motility analysis above, because many of the abnormal sperm will have already been excluded due to lack of motility. Morphology examinations are done with the phase contrast setting on the microscope, but the heated stage is not necessary because the sperm cells are not live.
|Sperm concentration is the number of sperm in a milliliter of semen. A hemacytom-eter (pictured to right), or counting chamber, is used to create a 1 x 1 x 0.1 mmcubic chamber for counting.