Advanced Tactile Imaging Inc has announced that its Vaginal Tactile Imager (VTI) probe has received FDA approval for marketing to the obstetrics and gynecology (ob-gyn) sector in the US. The probe is intended to allow improved assessment of pelvic floor structures, functional imaging of the pelvic floor muscles, and insight into the biomechanics involved in pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI) conditions through quantitative, anatomically sensitive information.

The company reports that POP and SUI in women are among the most common ailments impacting a rapidly aging population. These conditions that affect the female pelvic floor interfere with normal functioning and are accompanied by increased dependence on caregivers.

Vaginal tactile image produced by VTI probe.

Vaginal tactile image produced by VTI probe.

The company’s findings reportedly demonstrate that high-definition pressure mapping with the VTI probe during voluntary and involuntary muscle contractions can be used for assessment of pelvic muscle conditions or defects that contribute to SUI. Using the VTI probe for pressure mapping during the Valsalva maneuver, pelvic floor muscle contractions, and involuntary relaxation can be used for quantitative characterization of POP, Advanced Tactile reports.

Pelvic floor muscle training and lifestyle changes are often a first line of therapy recommended to patients, especially for mild POP and SUI. The Vaginal Tactile Imager (VTI) was designed to allow monitoring of pelvic floor changes in the course of applied therapy. The ability to evaluate the pelvic floor muscles’ relative strength in direct relationship to the soft tissue elasticity measurements through tactile imaging may help to better define candidates for conservative therapy or peri-operative rehabilitation therapy. In addition, more accurate evaluation of the pelvic floor muscles may better define the impact of reconstructive pelvic surgery and individual patient needs surrounding surgical treatments.

According to Advanced Tactile Imaging, clinical studies of VTI probe procedures demonstrated several benefits, including examination safety, comfort, and effective tactile imaging of the vagina, pelvic floor support structures, and contractions. Appropriate applications of the VTI probe, according to the company, include high-resolution mapping of pressures and strength of pelvic floor muscles within the vagina, and can be used in a medical setting to store the corresponding data. The VTI also provides visualization, analysis tools, and information. The real-time data and analysis information can be used by physicians and medical personnel for diagnosis and evaluation.

For more information, visit the Advanced Tactile Imaging website.