Advanced Platform Technology Center
Urological Biomechanics Laboratory
The APT Center Urological Biomechanics Laboratory accommodates the work of 20 engineers, biologists, and students working on benchtop testing of prototype devices and device development, under the direction of Dr. Margot Damaser. Testing of scientific hypothesis in various animal models of voiding dysfunction or pelvic organ prolapse takes place. Equipment includes: Waveform generator, spectrum analyzer, refrigerator, freezer, microscopes, pH meters, oscilloscope, soldering station, force sensors, pressure sensors, amplifiers, chart recorders and digital data collection systems, metabolic cages, and several window-based computer systems. A digital Percutaneous Nephroscope with digital controller, sheath, grasping forceps, and digital image display monitor enables development of insertion and extraction tools and techniques. A Dynamic Signal Analyzer characterizes low frequency sensor interface electronics and offers high impedance input characteristics. This equipment contributes to many applications, including diagnostic, monitoring, biofeedback, and as a mechanism to improve control of rehabilitative systems. Wireless ambulatory urodynamic monitoring for management of incontinence is the initial application we are researching.