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Estimation of elastic properties in the urethral flow controlling zone by signal analysis of urodynamic pressure/flow data.
Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Physiological Measurements. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
1989 (English)In: Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing, ISSN 0140-0118, E-ISSN 1741-0444, Vol. 27, no 3, 314-321 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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When urethral flow is treated as a lossless flow through an elastic tube, the relationship between the detrusor pressure and the urinary flow can be related to the elasticity of the flow-controlling zone of the urethra. A recent analytical method of describing urethral elasticity is implemented on a computer. The function p(Q) = pmo + LmQm is fitted to the recorded pressure/flow data. p(Q) is the detrusor pressure, Q the flow and pmo, m and Lm parameters. The elastic properties are then obtained as p(A) = pmo + KnAn, where p(A) is the static pressure, A the cross-sectional area of the flow-controlling zone and n and Kn calculated parameters. The urodynamic methods used and the computer implementation of the analytical method are described. In obstructed and unobstructed men without neurological symptoms, the elastic properties could be estimated in 94 per cent of the micturitions. The method makes it possible to describe urethral flow properties with Griffiths' model in a standardised way and compare results obtained by different investigators. It is recommended for quantification of urethral obstruction in research and for assessment of borderline cases of obstruction in clinical practice.

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1989. Vol. 27, no 3, 314-321 p.
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Biomedical Laboratory Science/Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-116897DOI: 10.1007/BF02441491PubMedID: 2601454OAI: diva2:801423
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