IMPROVED URETHRAL PROFILOMETRY MEASUREMENT

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Amount:
$49,000.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
N/A
Solitcitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
1987
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
7230
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Small Business Information
Moco Inc
91 Surfside Road, Po Box A, Scituate, MA, 02055
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
N/A
Principal Investigator
 RICHARD E ECKHOUSE JR PHD
 (617) 545-2040
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
THE OBJECTIVE OF THIS RESEARCH IS TO DEVELOP A METHOD FOR PROFILING URETHRAL PRESSURE USING A NONMOVING TRANSDUCER THAT PROVIDES A DYNAMIC PRESENTATION OF THE URETHRAL PRESSURE OVER ITS ENTIRE LENGTH. THE APPROACH IS BASED ON APHYSICAL PROPERTY CALLED MAGNETOSTRICTION THAT TAKES ADVANTAGE OF THE VOLUME CHANGES IN MAGNETIC MATERIALS. THE SPECIFIC AIMS OF THE PROJECT ARE TO DEVELOP A LABORATORYPROTOTYPE FOR MAGNETOSTRICTIVE MEASUREMENT OF URETHRAL PRESSURE PROFILES (PHASE I) AND TO MAKE IN VIVO MEASUREMENTSWITH HUMAN SUBJECTS (PHASE II). THE METHODOLOGY FOR PHASE IINVOLVES CONSTRUCTING A WORKING PROTOTYPE DEVICE FOR LABORATORY EXPERIMENTATION AND MAKING IN VITRO MEASUREMENTS WITH THIS PROTOTYPE IN AN ARTIFICIAL URETHRA UNDER SIMULATED HUMAN CONDITIONS. THE INNOVATIVE ASPECTS OF THE RESEARCH LIE IN THE NOVEL APPLICATION OF THE MAGNETOSTRICTIVE PROPERTY AND IN THE REALIZATION OF AN INSTRUMENT THAT WILL MEASURE URETHRAL PRESSURE WITHOUT INTRODUCING THE ARTIFACTS THAT TRADITIONAL MEASURING TECHNIQUES PRODUCE DUE TO CANAL IRRITATION AND TRANSDUCER TWISTING AND MISPOSITIONING.

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