Technology

This technology was developed by a development partner, Artann Laboratories, within the scope of the NIH/NIA grant ( Phases I-IV).

Biomechanics of the Female Pelvic Floor

Definitions

Tactile Imaging is a medical imaging modality translating the sense of touch into a digital image. The tactile image is a function of P(x,y,z), where P is the pressure on soft tissue surface under applied deformation and x,y,z are coordinates where pressure P was measured. The tactile image is a pressure map on which the direction of tissue deformation must be specified.

Functional Tactile Imaging translates muscle activity into dynamic pressure pattern P(x,y,t) for an area of interest, where t is time and x,y are coordinates where pressure P was measured. It may include:
  1. muscle voluntary contraction,
  2. involuntary reflex contraction,
  3. involuntary relaxation,
  4. specific maneuvers.
Biomechanical Mapping = Tactile Imaging + Functional Tactile Imaging

Clinical Applications

Many of tissue or organ disorders and diseased conditions are significantly manifested in changes of their mechanical properties such as elasticity, muscle tone and strength. Therefore, the biomechanical mapping of a human organ or tissue of interest opens new possibilities in medical imaging, diagnostic, targeted treatment and monitoring.

Patents

- 9,861,316 Methods and probes for vaginal tactile and electromyographic imaging
- 8,840,571 Method and device for measuring tactile profile of vagina
- 8,419,659 Methods for assessment of improvements in pelvic organ conditions
- 8,187,208 Methods for assessment of pelvic organ conditions affecting the vagina
- 8,142,368 Method of characterization and differentiation of tissue
- 8,069,735 Tactile sensor array for soft tissue elasticity imaging
- 8,052,622 Methods for characterizing vaginal tissue elasticity
- 7,922,674 Method and device for real time mechanical imaging of prostate
- 7,819,824 Method and a dual-array transducer probe for real time mechanical imaging of prostate
- 7,419,376 Human tissue phantoms and methods for manufacturing thereof
- 6,620,115 Apparatus and method for mechanical imaging of breast
- 6,595,933 Self-palpation device for examination of breast with 3-D positioning system
- 6,569,108 Real time mechanical imaging of the prostate
- 6,468,231 Self-palpation device for examination of breast
- 6,142,959 Device for palpation and mechanical imaging of the prostate
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