A wireless device called the UroMonitor enables accurate, noninvasive monitoring of bladder pressure in patients with overactive bladder. It is the first device to enable catheter-free telemetric ambulatory bladder pressure monitoring in humans. The UroMonitor was developed as a noninvasive approach for assessing function of the lower urinary tract, without the need for catheter placement. The UroMonitor is a small, flexible device — no more than 2 in. across — that is placed into the patient’s bladder. Once in place, the device wirelessly transmits bladder pressure data to a small radio receiver taped to the lower abdomen.

In a pilot study to evaluate clinical safety and accuracy, the researchers tested the UroMonitor in 11 women (median age 67 years) with symptoms of overactive bladder. After the patients underwent initial urodynamic testing, the UroMonitor device was inserted into the bladder via the urethra. Urodynamic testing was then repeated, with simultaneous transmission of bladder pressure data. (Image credit: Journal of Urology)

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