Vaginal Tactile Imaging is a novel technology that creates a visual map of the female pelvic floor based on its biomechanical properties. The vaginal tactile imager is a medical device built on this technology to assist clinicians in diagnosis and prognosis of pelvic floor conditions and treatment from detailed characterization of vaginal tissue elasticity, pelvic support and function. This information is presented in the form of tactile images, a format in which pressure mapping is combined with spatial dimensions. The dynamic pressure patterns are combined using two opposing areas along the vaginal walls during Valsalva maneuver, voluntary and reflex muscle contraction, and involuntary relaxation. Based on these measurements, the biomechanical integrity score of the pelvic floor was developed and introduced to facilitate clinical interpretation of the complex data. This article begins with a brief overview of the tactile imaging for a broad spectrum of applications, clinical research findings and their respective impact. Then the article focuses on the evolution of the technology and its progressive development for the female pelvic floor disorders characterization and diagnostics, including evaluation of surgical intervention. Finally, future possibilities for tactile imaging are discussed, including applications in obstetrics and a fusion with ultrasound imaging.
Corresponding Author: SARVAZYAN N.|