RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

Antepartum Tactile Imager

Over 85% of women suffer some degree of perineal trauma during a vaginal delivery. Cesarean delivery itself is a trauma with immediate and long term consequences. The long-term goal of this project is to develop, validate and integrate into clinical practice a novel device, Antepartum Tactile Imager (ATI), to simultaneously measure biomechanical properties of pelvic structural components that are impacted during vaginal delivery, and to develop a risk prediction model of maternal birth injury by correlating ATI data with delivery outcomes. Ultimately, such model will enable individualized patient counseling regarding the mode of delivery and/or the need for obstetrical interventions to reduce childbirth trauma.
Acknowledgements: Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD).

Cervix Elasticity Monitor

Currently, spontaneous preterm delivery is the leading global cause of infant mortality and morbidity. In most countries, the rate of preterm birth has risen in recent decades and now represents the largest cause of neonatal death and the second largest direct cause of death in children up to 5 years. The main goal of this project is to develop cost-effective and easy-to-use device for risk assessment of preterm delivery conditions to allow saving children’s lives by directing such women to preventive clinical treatment.
Acknowledgements: Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD).

Tactile + Electromyography Imager

Urinary incontinence (UI) is reported to affect from 15% to 38% of women. Overactive bladder (OAB) prevalence estimates vary considerably among studies, ranging from 3% to 43%. The treatment options include surgery, sacral neuromodulation with implanted electrodes, medications, pelvic muscle and bladder training, and electrical muscle stimulation. To date, there is no standardized, reproducible tool to accurately assess the PFM function in anatomically specific manner, and to apply guided muscle stimulation for UI and OAB therapy. This project goal is to develop a new device, Restore-IT, for targeted treatment of urinary incontinence and overactive bladder. This technology is based on a fusion of the tactile and electromyographic imaging in one probe to allow the guided therapy of disorders associated with the female pelvic floor muscles.
Acknowledgements: National Institute on Aging (NIA).

Laparoscopic Tactile Imager

During a laparoscopic surgery the video camera becomes a surgeon’s eyes, because the surgeon uses the image from the video camera positioned inside the patient’s body to perform the procedure. Visual feedback is either similar or often superior to open procedures. The greatest limitation to these minimally invasive approaches is the impairment (in the case of MIS) or complete lack of tactile sensation (in the case of RMIS) normally used to assist in surgical dissection and decision making. This project targets the development of Laparoscopic Tactile Imager for urogynecological surgery. It will allow the tactile perception which is currently missing in laparoscopy. The real time fusion of video stream from laparoscope with the tactile sensation data for a region of interest will increase the surgical accuracy and extend the technical capability of the laparoscopic surgery.
Acknowledgements: Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD).
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