COST EFFECTIVE NON-INVASIVE BLADDER VOLUME INSTRUMENT

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$500,000.00
Award Year:
1984
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
446
Agency Tracking Number:
446
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
8415 Benotho Place, Mercer Island, WA, 98040
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
David Giuliani
(206) 232-0656
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
OUR OBJECTIVE IS TO DEMONSTRATE THE FEASIBILITY OF AN INSTRUMENT TO MEASURE RESIDUAL URINARY BLADDER VOLUME NON-INVASIVELY. THE INSTRUMENT IS BASED ON ULTRASONICS AND WOULD SPECIFICALLY BE DESIGNED FOR LOW COST, DIRECT DIGITAL READOUT, AND EASE OF USE BY RELATIVELY UNTRAINED PERSONNEL. THE PRIMARY VALUE OF THE INSTRUMENT IS IN REDUCING THE NEED FOR CATHETERIZATION, THUS SAVING PATIENTS FROM THE ASSOCIATED DISCOMFORTS AND RISKS OF TRAUMA AND INFECTION. PRIMARY APPLICATIONS ARE: (1) DIAGNOSIS OF DISEASES WHICH INVOLVE RESIDUAL URINE PROBLEMS IN THE UROLOGICAL OFFICE, OUTPATIENT CLINIC, OR EMERGENCY ROOM; (2) MANAGEMENT OF THE BLADDER IN SPINAL CORD INJURY AND OTHER NEUROGENIC PROBLEMS;DETERMINING THE NEED TO CATHETERIZE PATIENTS RECOVERING FROMANESTHESIA. THE PRODUCT POTENTIAL FOR WIDESPREAD USE BY UROLOGISTS, CLINICS, AND SPINAL CORD CARE CENTERS. THE PROJECT INCLUDES BOTH THE DEMONSTRATION OF TECHNICAL FEASIBILITY, AND CLINICAL CALIBRATION AND EVALUATION OF AN EXPERIMENTAL INSTRUMENT. THE CLINICAL EVALUATION PHASE HAS SEVERAL OBJECTIVES: (1) TEST THE INSTRUMENT AND PROCESSING ALGORITHMS FOR ACCURACY AGAINST CATHETERIZATION DERIVED RESULTS. DETERMINE ACCURACY OVER ENOUGH DATA POINTS TO BE SIGNIFICANT. PROVIDE DATA TO BE USED FOR OFF-LINE REFINEMENT OF THE PROCESSING. (2) DETERMINE HOW RELIABLY THE INSTRUMENT CAN BE APPLIED OVER THE REANGE OF POTENTIAL PATIENTS, INCLUDING SEX, AGE, EXTENT OF BLADDER FILLING, OBESITY AND EXTRAVESICAL PATHOLOGY. (3) INVESTIGATE CLINICALVALUE IN THE FOLLOWING APPLICATIONS: (A) AMBULATORY OFFICE OR CLINICAL DIAGNOSIS, (B) SPINAL CORD INJURY PATIENT MANAGEMENT, (C) POST-ANESTHETIC PATIENT CARE. BECAUSE OF THE PATIENT BENEFITS AND THE EXCELLENT POTENTIAL FOR WIDESPREAD USE, WE THINK THE PROJECT WILL BE OF INTEREST TO THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ARTHRITIS, DIABETES AND KIDNEY DISEASES.

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