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Vaginal Tactile Imager for Pelvic Floor Biomechanical Assessment

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
93336
Program Year/Program:
2009 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
AG034714
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
ARTANN LABORATORIES, INC.
1459 LOWER FERRY RD TRENTON, NJ -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Vaginal Tactile Imager for Pelvic Floor Biomechanical Assessment
Agency: HHS
Contract: 1R43AG034714-01
Award Amount: $208,019.00
 

Abstract:

DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Pelvic organ prolapse is a highly prevalent condition affecting at least 50% of women in the US during their lifetimes. Some loss of utero-vaginal support occurs in most adult women, however, the true etiology of prolap se and differences seen among individuals is not entirely understood. Changes in the elasticity of the vaginal walls, connective support tissues and muscles are thought to be significant factors in the development of pelvic organ prolapse. We propose to de velop a device entitled Vaginal Tactile Imager (VTI) for visualization and assessment of mechanical properties of pelvic floor tissues. VTI is based on the Tactile Imaging (TI) technology based on principles similar to those of manual palpation. In Phase I we will design and build 1- prototype of VTI with tactile sensor array and a motion tracking sensor. Developed VTI software will support real time data processing and visualization. We plan to fabricate a realistic setup mimicking female pelvic floor for VTI bench validation and operator training. A clinical study with 30 patients will support optimization of the VTI with particular focus on examination procedure, the probe design, tactile data visualization and feature calculation algorithms. The proposed device will quantitatively evaluate multiple mechanical and structural properties of vaginal walls, such as Young's modulus, elasticity contrast, size and shape of abnormal tissue, provide prolapse characterization and assess results of reconstructive sur gery. PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE: Pelvic organ prolapse is a highly prevalent condition affecting at least 50% of women in the US during their lifetimes. Some loss of utero-vaginal support occurs in most adult women. Changes in the elasticity of the vaginal w alls, connective support tissues and muscles are thought to be significant factors in the development of pelvic organ prolapse. To date, there is no standardized and non-invasive tool to accurately assess the circumferential elastic properties of the vagin a. The goal of this FastTrack project is to develop Vaginal Tactile Imager (VTI) for pelvic floor tissues elasticity imaging and prolapse characterization that could improve pelvic floor disorder diagnosis and treatment. Our preliminary data have shown tha t VTI has the potential to predict the risk of developing prolapse and provide insight into optimal approaches for surgical repair.

Principal Investigator:

Vladimir Egorov
6098830010
VEGOROV@ARTANNLABS.COM

Business Contact:

Noune Sarvaxyan
artann@artannlabs.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

ARTANN LABORATORIES, INC.
ARTANN LABORATORIES, INC. 1459 LOWER FERRY RD TRENTON, NJ 08618

EIN/Tax ID: 223503679
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No