Prototype system for enhancing cystometric analysis with special emphasis on the pediatric population

J Endourol. 2001 Oct;15(8):873-80. doi: 10.1089/089277901753205933.


Background and purpose: A urodynamic test system of improved accuracy and reliability was developed and implemented for enhancing cystometry. This system integrates known medical information, including the specialized problems of pediatric urodynamics, with the cystometric and imaging data.

Methods: After the requirements for the ideal cystometrogram test unit were established, a system was constructed, calibrated, and implemented in clinical practice. The patient's age, size, and sex are used to produce a patient-specific pressure-volume template for the cystometrogram test.

Results: This template showed the minimal and normal bladder capacities and the physiologically safe, equivocal, and dangerous pressure fields coded with symbolic colors. Different time averages of the pressure data were used to show bladder factors such as compliance and instability. The templates with data were presented automatically (therefore objectively) without operator intervention on monitors during testing and as printed copies on completion.

Conclusions: The presentation of data in an easily understood format facilitates effective communication between the urologist, referring physician, and patient. Some of the physiological and statistical problems in pediatric urodynamic testing are efficiently and accurately resolved by this system, resulting in better analysis and diagnostic capabilities.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Automation
  • Child, Preschool
  • Compliance
  • Diagnosis, Computer-Assisted*
  • Humans
  • Image Enhancement / methods*
  • Pressure
  • Reference Values
  • Urinary Bladder / physiology
  • Urinary Bladder / physiopathology
  • Urodynamics*