RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

Antepartum Tactile Imager

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 to enable individualized patient counseling regarding the mode of delivery and the need for obstetrical interventions to reduce childbirth trauma.

Tactile + Ultrasound Imager

This project targets the development a new device for real time fusion of tactile imaging and ultrasound imaging to provide srtess/strain and functional (muscle contraction) imaging and characterization of female pelvic floor prolapse and urinary incontinence conditions, which are common among women and require accurate characterization due to complexity of these disorders.

Cervix Elasticity Monitor

The main goal of this project is to develop a cost-effective device for detecting conditions leading to spontaneous preterm delivery to save children’s lives by directing such women to preventive clinical treatment.

Tactile + Electromyography Imager

This project goal is to develop a new device 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: Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD) and National Institute on Aging (NIA).

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