Vaginal Tactile Imager (VTI)
Indications for Use
The Vaginal Tactile Imager (VTI) obtains a high resolution mapping of pressures and assesses the strength of pelvic floor muscles within the vagina. The real time data as well the analysis information can then be viewed with an intention of assisting in the diagnosis and evaluation. The device is intended for use by physicians, surgeons and medically trained personnel.
Principle of Operation
The female pelvic structures have varying viscoelastic characteristics across physiological states, healthy and diseased conditions. The VTI provides a large body of measurements to evaluate individual variations in support defects as well as identify specific potential markers to measure tissue properties and muscle function in patients with POP, SUI, tissue atrophy and pelvic pain.
The further progress in women's healthcare is possible if a patient with a problematic pelvic floor conditions could undergo opportunely imaging and biomechanical diagnostic tests; the results of which could be fed into a structured patient-specific diagnostic workflow to consider multiple treatment options and to suggest the optimal one for that patient. The VTI allows a diagnostic study to obtain structure and functional information about vagina, pelvic floor muscles and ligaments.
The VTI may be used for:
- POP: to characterize and localize its development
- SUI: to quantify pelvic muscle defects which contribute into SUI
- Pelvic pain: to identify factors contributing to pelvic floor pain
- Disfunction: to identify factors contributing to pelvic floor dysfunction and assess their relevance
- Deviation: to recognize and quantify an abnormal deviation in vagina and pelvic floor at the earlier stage
- Surgery: to access outcome of pelvic floor surgery (changes in anatomy, tissue elasticity and function)
- RF, Laser: to evaluate vaginal conditions before and after laser or RF treatment
- Aesthetic: to assess vaginal conditions before and after an aesthetic surgery
- Physiotherapy: to monitor pelvic floor conditions in the course of applied treatment
- Military, Sport: to monitor pelvic floor changes under a heavy, repetitive load )
- Treatment failure: to investigate the reasons for pelvic floor treatment failure (POP, SUI)