Does the Kombicolor pistol need to be used with AlphaVision?

Yes, AlphaVision was designed to function exclusively with the Kombicolor pistol. This pistol provides simplified attachment to the sheath and also optimizes the mounting and dismounting times. It is compatible with fine and medium straws.

Where can Alpha sheaths be purchased from?

You can find the sheaths on the "Associated Products" page of our website and you can contact IMV Technologies ( to find out where your nearest distributor can be found.

Is the AlphaVision sanitary sheath biodegradabe?

Yes, the AlphaVision sanitary sheath was design to be biodegradable and compostable.

Does AlphaVision reduce the risk of musculoskeletal disorders?

By reducing the duration of rectal palpation, AlphaVision ensures reduced risk of musculoskeletal disorders. Also remember to stand at the correct height so the arm is vertical, adding something underfoot to stand on if required (pallet, step, etc.).

Is there a risk that the animal could be injured with AlphaVison?

AlphaVision was conceived and designed to foster animal welfare. Research was performed to ensure that the diameter of the speculum does not injure the animal and the Alpha sheath is designed to not cause trauma, with its rounded end.

Can AlphaVision help with detecting heat?

AlphaVision allows the quantity and quality of cervical mucus to be viewed.

Can AlphaVision be used to apply a treatment?

Yes, the AlphaVision handle is compatible with certain syringes. This allows you to pass your sheath through the cervix with ease.

What kinds of problems can be detected with AlphaVision?

AlphaVision allows the detection of gynecological anomalies: bleeding, malformation of cervix, double cervix, infections such as metritis, etc. as well as speedy treatment of these problems.

Should the pistol extension be used every time the system is used?

No, when used to perform a diagnosis you only need to use AlphaVision. The rod and pistol extension are used for insemination.

Why does the handle of the pistol extension have notches on?

The handle has 10 notches on, with a cervix being between 6 and 8cm, and each notch is 1cm. This means that the handle provides an indication of the passage of the rings through the cervix.

Should the speculum be changed between two inseminations?

Not systematically. Since the biodegradable sanitary shirt covers the speculum during insemination, all that is required is to clean the speculum by submerging it in water with an antiseptic and then wipe it with a soft cloth prior to applying a fresh shirt.

How is insemination performed with AlphaVision?

Once the entry to the cervix can be seen on the screen, the sheath needs to be introduced into the cervix, using rectal palpations to check that all the rings have duly passed.

At what point should the Alpha sheath be extruded from the tube?

You need to extrude the Alpha sheath from the tube by pressing on the pistol extension when you see on the screen that you are around 2cm from the entry to the cervix.

When should the sanitary shirt be opened?

It is important to have inserted AlphaVision 15cm in the vagina prior to opening the sanitary shirt.

Is it possible to inseminate with AlphaVision when the cow's cervix is not in the center?

Yes, using the camera it is easy to guide your sheath towards the cervix.

Do we need to insert a hand into the rectum to use AlphaVision to inseminate?

AlphaVision allows reduced duration of rectal palpations. Some users do, however, inseminate without inserting a hand in the rectum at all. 

Does the cervix need to be held to insert the pistol?

No, to make sure the cow does not resist and for the cervix to remain dilated, we recommend that you do not insert your hand into the cow's rectum apart from checking that the sheath passed through the cervix as required.

Where is the semen deposited when using AlphaVision?

Similar to a traditional AI system, the semen is deposited just behind the cervix.

Can AlphaVision be used to inseminate all kinds of cows?

AlphaVision has now been tested on a number of different breeds: Holstein Friesian, Braunvieh, Normande, Limousin, Blonde d’Aquitaine and Belgian Blue, amongst others…

How is AlphaVision delivered?

AlphaVision is delivered in a case with all accessories required for its immediate use:
- 1 vision terminal with charger
- 2 speculums
- 2 Kombicolor pistols
- 2 graduated pistol extensions
- 2 insemination rods
- 1 armband
- 1 neck protector
- 1 AlphaVision / smartphone cable
- 1 bottle of B-LUBE
- 1 straw cutter
- 50 Alpha sheaths
- 150 sanitary shirts